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They were horrible, the horse was changing front to back and ...
on April 13, 2016
When you put a horse's training on a timeline, and then put a cash prize on it, you are encouraging "trainers" to cut corners and bully horses into performing purely for human greed. The winner of the contest was despicable. The horse she "trained" had dead eyes by day three where she was bragging about riding him down the street by the second day she had him. Just because we can do things to horses, doesn't mean we SHOULD. At the competition this woman was being praised by the crowd and an idiot judge from the Mustang Heritage Foundation for her lead changes. They were horrible, the horse was changing front to back and zigzagging-a sure sign that they were produced from force and hard weighting from the horse's back and not from carefully taught and executed leg aids. Most of the horses followed in this documentary had gaping mouths, showing a clear sign of lack of acceptance. I guess I shouldn't be surprised since mainstream horse industry is so terribly misinformed and abusive as a whole, but it seems to take the injustice to a whole other level when it's done to a wild horse (AND in 100 days). I hope one day people will see that this type of "training" is on the wrong side of history. If you want to ride a horse it is YOUR burden to get the horse to understand his job, it doesn't mean that you just throw a saddle and bridle on and let the horse eventually figure out what you want by getting punished and pained for "wrong" answers. Good training is the human using his brain, not the horse damaging his youthful body, crushing his beautiful spirit, and torturing his kind heart. If a horse is unhappy in his work it is the fault of his human, period. I hope people don't watch this and get "training" tips from it.