Horses That Pull Back Are Dangerous To Others

Not long ago, we read the post of a “horse trainer” upset over a horse whose neck was broken while the owner was trying to teach it not to pull back. The “horse trainer” was bemoaning the beauty of the little filly just the week before. No doubt a dead horse is unpleasant and possibly could have been avoided. However, the owner of the dead horse was at least attempting to teach it not to pull back. A horse that suddenly sits back and snaps halters and ropes is a danger to anyone in the immediate vicinity. A small child or elderly person could be badly injured or killed as the horse backs over them. A horse that isn’t disciplined and properly trained isn’t “beautiful” no matter how much eye-appeal there may be. It’s a hazard.

Horses are sometimes hurt or even killed in training just like high school football players are sometimes injured and die during practice. It’s a fact of life. Unfortunately, many “horse trainers” aren’t trainers at all. If they won’t teach and discipline their horses, the horse isn’t being trained. In society today, discipline is a “bad” word. It shouldn’t be, the word “dressage” is nothing more than discipline. A horse properly trained and disciplined is much happier than the one who isn’t and much safer to have around. To the extent, injuries can occasionally occur during training isn’t a good reason not to train your horse.

If your horse doesn’t know how to quietly stand while tied, he needs to be taught. If not for your own safety, then for the welfare of everyone else.

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One Response to Horses That Pull Back Are Dangerous To Others

  1. We used to have a lunge line and attach it to the foals head collar, thread it through a ring and teach them to stand. If they pulled back the person holding the lunge line provided resistance whilst another person taught the foal to stand by the wall while they moved around them. I should probably say that the foals could all be led and groomed whilst being held, this stage just taught them to stand near a wall and not to follow their handler every step.
    It always worked!

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