STICKS AND STONES DO BREAK BONES

MYTH: I think my trainer is really rough on my horse sometimes. But he says that you have to hit them sometimes and hard to get their attention. And he throws things, like rocks at the horses when he wants them to move down the alleyway, from one pen to the next. I worry he is going to break my horses bones sometimes. What should I do?

FACT: You need to immediately remove your horse from this persons premises. He is not a professional trainer, only a want-a-be trainer who has no business working with horses. And by the sounds of it, a cruel man too. All professional trainers know you do not train horses with cruelty, but instead using the big four: Patience, Kindness, Consistency and Repetition.

Here are a couple of stories for you so you understand. I have a horsehide rug upstairs that is about eighty years old.

It came into my possession when my great uncle passed away.

Now Uncle was not a cruel man and in fact loved his favorite bay mare, Judy. They had many horses back then, as all farming and going anywhere was done with horses. But one day, Judy was taking her sweet time leaving the corral and without thinking, Uncle picked up a small, flat stone and winged it at her to spook her into hurrying up. Well, that stone struck the mare in her foreleg, shattering the cannon bone. Uncle was devastated, as he had to shoot his favorite horse. So he skinned her and made her hide into a throw rug for his bed. This way, he never forgot what he had done so unthinkingly. Just a small stone, thrown at his bay mare.

Another man I am acquainted with also ended up sorry for striking his stallion. While leading his prize stallion, the horse would strike at the lead rope with his front feet sometimes. Tired of it, he picked up a stick lying on the ground. Sure enough, he began leading the horse, the horse struck at the lead rope and the man nailed that horse’s foot to punish the horse. Fracturing a small bone in the horse’s pastern. Although he was able to keep the stallion for breeding, the horse was never sound enough to be ridden and shown again. His show career was over. Not even that big of a stick.

Please find yourself another trainer, a professional one.

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