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Thanks for sharing, Angela! Very interesting! I LOVED the first video... an amazing amount of trust has been forged between that little horse and his rider in a 3 month period.
Although the second horse is beautiful, I cringed to see the way he was being ridden. A horse that is consistently "behind the bit" (over bent, so that his nose is behind the vertical, and in this case, mostly close to his chest) has been ridden almost exclusively in draw reins, and FORCED to maintain a position with his head. He has no true acceptance of contact with the bit. The one time she takes contact, he wildly throws his head in the air. Then the stupid business with the ball at the end is just downright dangerous. I don't care if the human is stupid enough to go and hurt herself, but she was taking a chance on permanently laming this nice horse with him tripping over the ball like that. (and, of course, she has already done enough damage to his back with all the draw rein work that it will take his new owners a year of PROPER training and chiropractic to get the muscles back in working order. It's a shame.
The first little horse, although he doesn't have the stature or elegance of the black horse, has been allowed to learn (as much as could be expected in 3 months) to accept gentle contact with his mouth, and allowed to hold his head where he needs to at this point in his training. I bet this one's not sore at the end of his 100 days of training, and is ready to go right on into a regular, long-term training program.
I like both horses, but as far as the riders are concerned, I wouldn't have reservations about letting the first one on my horses. I wouldn't let the second one NEAR my horses if this is representative of her work.
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