I ran across this gem on facebook today. Wow. I mean, really?
The horse sounds like he should have been put down when they found him (though the pictures don't look anything like the description), and he's still lame 3 years later. In the "extended version" video, she also claims that he'll "run away" if she doesn't beg him to put the halter on, but on her website she just slings the rope around his neck and drags him off It seems like she's just keeping him and parading him around for the money. He has "severely rotated coffin bones" and still limps, but she rides him and you can donate money for his care.
As someone who does ABA (applied behavior analysis, autism therapy) for a living, I howled when I saw that outloud. Ludicrous! I do hope in the next 10 years we don't see a swell in 'autistic horses' because they don't come right away in the pasture, avoid the bit, what have you. The fact that he has 400 fans as well...how astounding. Of course he's featured on 'holistichorse.com'
I know. It's really insulting that she's making such a mockery out of the disease. The woman we get hay from has a severely autistic brother, and it really bothers me that this woman would say something like "Oh, the school teacher down the road says he's autistic because he doesn't like eye contact". I mean, what a load. What an absolute load.
She talks about how he doesn't like touch, rolls, paws, etc because he has some kind of "orphan syndrome", and it's like, No, he's just a spoiled brat because she's a nutter.
Maybe it wouldn't be as bad if she didn't talk to him like he was a big dog. Or treat him like he was a big dog.
He looks normal to me. It sucks that he was abused and I'm sure even in regular training he wouldn't be 100%, but I don't think this is helping him. I don't see any behaviors that stand out as terribly unusual, he's just disrespectful because he knows he can be.
I watched the video, funny how about three minutes in, the "autistic" horse seemed pretty interested in meeting the other horse in sight (confined in the left hand side of the arena). "Trainer" chased him out of that corner several times.
About five minutes in, she's "asking" him if she can halter him...What a crock...This looks to be nothing more than a poorly socialized, spoiled brat, somewhat stiff or lame horse. I've seen a fair amount of them in 30+ years around horses, and if this trainer really cared about him, she'd find an easygoing pasture buddy for him, turn him out, LEAVE HIM ALONE, and let him learn to be a horse.
Also regarding him not wanting to be with other horses...
I have a few here myself that when turned out, they see me, and whinny "for me"...It's either A) Around feeding time, B) The weather is not great, and they want to be in the barn, C) maybe they're greeting me, or D) Gee, They are just vocalizing in my general direction...
Who said "There's a sucker born every minute?" ...That PT Barnum was a genius!!!!
This is so ridiculous. If he had been socialized and was taught some manners he wouldn't be "autistic". He would just be a normal horse. Plus almost all animals have what would be considered autistic qualities, but that doesn't mean they're autistic. She's just making money off a rude, bratty horse.
Thin twine and knots low over the cartilage on the nose and on sides of the jaw (pressure points).
That is not in anyway kinder than a snaffle unless the horse has some pretty bad mouth issues.
If that horse is autistic because he rolls, whinnies and doesn't like strange people touching him - my herd of weirdos has the whole DSM IV TR pretty much covered.
Ooh and I have one with stringhalt too... plus he opens gates, unties knots, has broken more than one waterer and is proficient in standing on his hind legs and hopping forward. (all totally normal horsie behaviour imho)
Rate the vids as you see fit and if you comment please be polite (no cyber stalking) I rated them poor cause there was no option for 'extremely poor'
I didn't know horses could be autistic
They can't. She's wrong. Apparently the horse was diagnosed by a HUMAN psychologist lol.
Originally Posted by Jane Honda
Heh... She's in Estacada.
We always make jokes about the nutz in 'Cader.
Jane, is that anywhere near...Boring? I remember showing at an equestrian center in Boring when I was showing on the youth circuit before my parents moved the family from WA to "back east"
I'll never forget that town lol.
"He has a lot of neurotic behavior. I mean, he'll lay down and roll a lot when I'm around."
That's not neurotic, that just means he's comfortable in her presence-enough to lay down and put himself in a vulnerable position
ETA, Orphan syndrome my butt! Mrs P was weaned and did not see another horse for TWENTY FIVE YEARS and she doesn't act like that (she talks to herself, and she's REALLY SUPER HAPPY to be around other horses, but she doesn't try to dominate her human handlers) You can't tell me he's like that because he 'wasn't turned out with other horses'
Last edited by Grataan; Jan. 4, 2010 at 12:28 AM.
Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job.
Sam: A job? Does it pay?
Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
Sam: Oh. I've never liked those.