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Date Posted: 19:07:47 08/04/10 Wed
Author: Sam
Subject: Clarification
In reply to: GC 's message, "Controversial Training Methods" on 10:51:22 10/02/09 Fri

That article is scary and some of the training devices are a bit extreme. But I feel the need to explain a few of the pictures that are taken out of context (Or maybe I'm the one who is). The image of the horse with the caption "The way forward down or just down hill" isn't being forced to hold his head down by his knees. Elsewhere someone posted asking about the natural lift and someone responded with a link of training devices. This device was there, a Pessoa from what I gather. It's job is to encourage the horse to move his hind under himself and round his back, not hold his head down like a peanut-roller.

I do not know about the hooded thing... the picture isn't clear enough for me to criticize. However the last two images where the horse has such frightening lift is using a Running W. This device can make or break your horse and can hurt him if not used correctly. Again, I'm NOT arguing that the trainer's technique is OK.

In all, I just wanted to remind people that it's how you use things that make them torture. When I use side reins with my horses they are made with surgical tubing that gives when the horse does. At my barn we use them on green horses who are still learning the bit-basics before a rider gets on, letting them play with the bit and learn early and safely not to root down. They're not excessively tight to hold the horse's head in place, and they do learn from it. It's also good for horses who need a reminder without human interaction so they don't yank and nag on the bit when the rider asks them to collect into the bridle. It depends on your preference in the end. Like people, horses learn differently too, but it is up to you to make sure that you are using the tools safely.

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