Controversial Sport Horse Training Practices
 By Labyrinth   •   31st Mar 2011   •   4,261 views   •   12 comments
Controversial Sport Horse Training PracticesEvery equestrian discipline has a bad seed, or a group of bad seeds, within the majority which practice any particular discipline. The Saddle Seat horses get a bad name for their rubbers and their chains, the western Quarter horses get a bad name for their practices of attaining the much loved, dog sniffing out a trail headset. All western horses regardless are breed arenít immune to four beaters and jogs so slow they couldnít win a race against a sloth in the sand. The Tennessee walkers and their big licks and their soring methods. And of course, drugging.

There is not a single discipline that has never had someone accused of drugging a horse in an attempt to win. Thatís the sole purpose to why these bad seeds do what they do, beyond the drugging. They want to win so badly that who cares what they have to do to make that horse jog slower, trot higher, or gallop faster. Just as long as the end result is that ribbon or that trophy, or even that victory pass photo, and of course, that high selling price.

But is that really all that matters? Is that what all horse people are like? Does every Quarter horse drag its nose on the ground because its neck is sore and does that Saddlebred trot so high because it has never felt what itís like to be in its stall without heavy chains? My answer to these questions is a big fat no.

There are plenty of trainers out there that donít take short cuts and when they win a class, it was because of raw talent on the part of both trainer and horse. That horse can trot so high because it was born with that talent. The correct shoeing will simply help emphasize that horseís natural talent. Iím not even referring to horses with a pound or more of weight. Simply that six ounce shoe and the angle of the toe.

There are trainers out there that donít take a single syringe to a horse show and never have to call the vet over behind closed curtains. That horse that went into the ring completely sound and was still sound leaving the ring.

There are good people out there. There are horses out there that know what itís like to enter that field or that arena and donít see it through a haze of drugs. They are completely aware of what they are doing.

I know this to be true because I work for one of these trainers. Her horses are exactly what they appear to be. Sheís not one of the big names in the breed, but sheís been around long enough that sheís well respected. When someone buys a horse from her, they know for certain they are getting exactly what they paid for and expected.

So before you say something like, 'All saddle seat horses are abused.' or 'Every single race horse is forced to run.' Just remember that you are incorrect and if you open your mind to really see everyone within that group, you will find that you where only seeing the bad seeds, not the group as a whole because that bad seed is usually in the minority.
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Great article!! You made a good point. :)
  Mar 31, 2011  •  2,307 views
Great article! :)
  Mar 31, 2011  •  2,288 views
Soul Horse  
Very nice article well writen.
  Mar 31, 2011  •  2,312 views
T E M P E S T  
Great article. I'ts really sad how because a few people do bad things to their horses, the face of a whole sport is ruined.
  Mar 31, 2011  •  2,335 views
Wanderin Boy Memorial  
Great article !
I agree. I'm a fan of horse racing and many people attack the sport just because of one bad trainer, owner or jockey, and yet they never look at all the good people in the sport.
  Mar 31, 2011  •  2,324 views
Dark Star  
This really needed to be said! Thanks, great article.

Everyone thinks that dressage horses are abused because of the double bridles, or barrel horses ridden with spurs is being forced. It is all about HOW they are used, if the Dressage horse has blood gushing out of its mouth, or the barrel horse has open wounds from the spurs, then that's abuse, but that's the one person's actions.
  Mar 31, 2011  •  2,289 views
T W I  
Stereotypes in horse disciplines just bother me.
  Apr 2, 2011  •  2,324 views
Thank you!!! Some people give me a hard time and say that I abuse my saddlebred! So not true!
  Apr 3, 2011  •  2,379 views
Very true and well argued without ramming your opinion down our throats or being rude, an excellent article my dear :)
  Apr 5, 2011  •  2,290 views
Seven Sins  
great article
  Apr 5, 2011  •  2,296 views
Cruisin Past Curfew  
Nice article, I totaly agree with you.
  Apr 8, 2011  •  2,291 views
Great article!
  May 23, 2011  •  2,289 views
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