Post Office Box Victor Harbor
LETTER OF THE DAY
Thank you John
Now I write for the Novice Owner in mind, always and therefore, they are far more protected, from physical injury and adverse attitudinal changes in their Horses, all the way up to being Bucked Off, if they keep Horses OUT OF THEIR SPACE. "What you train on the Ground, you Inherit under Saddle". When People read me go on about this Subject, I am sure many must chuckle and think I am over the Top, however, I am driven from a Day to Day Life of so called "Problem Horses" and relate real Life Stories about them. Those 'Problem Horses" are Manufactured by Humans and the MOST predominant reason for such is the way of Leading and the Fighting with Horses on the Ground.
Not only does such wrestling with Horses cause the unwinnable competition between 'Man and Beast' put the Human in Danger but it affects the very relationship between them. It detrimentally affects the RESPECT , it causes fighting to go on between Owner and Horse and more. Lack of Respect means a lack of Like. Horses Judge others via Ground Control. They assess Humans via Ground Control. Why do you think "Join Up" was invented?
Horses that are lead without Rules, become
psychologically brainwashed by default, to think that they have to
be standing within the space of the Human. So much so that they lose
their independence and free Spirit and actually CANNOT handle
staying out of the space. Attempt to ask them to stand out and they
cannot. They are addicted, just like a Drug.
OTHER SPIN OFFS
Then you add the Webbing, Leather, Plastic Halters and the Pony Club Lead Rope and the rest is History
So once again,
the well ground Mannered Horse can be lead in any manner at all,
without any adverse results for the Handler or the relationship.
.....but it has to be WITHIN THE RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TIED UP HORSES
The Tie Up facility has the ultimate timing, the ultimate reward and relief and never makes mistakes. Horses NEVER get confused, know the Rules and understand them completely. However, I often see People who make a big issue about Horses that move about whilst tied up. Before I go on, let me say that the only rule should be that if they want to move around (as they should for they are not statues or Robots) then if within your prescience, like Saddling up, they do it only away from you and within the Parameters of never invading your space and making you move your Feet.
To continually interfere with the free Spirit of the Horse, by grabbing the lead rope and pulling on it, pushing Heads and Necks and being generally over the top on a Horse being a Statue, rather than simply allowing the Tie Up Rail to do the talking, is to completely and utterly undo the Halter Breaking lightness that a Horse may have had and to frustrate the Hell out of it make it's Life a turmoil. Such activitie equals stress and that is the last thing you want in a Horse that you may be just about to work with. As I said before, the Tie up Rail never makes mistakes and the Horse easily and happily accepts this so I strongly recommend that you just leave it to do the job.