West of insanity, east of apathy, deep in the heart of Texas.
There's a fine line between dead-@$$ed broke and "abused". I think this piece of cheese crossed it when he fired up that chainsaw.
Gods grant that someone does to him, what he's done to this sweet little mule. I hope she kicks him square in the ballocks the next time he gets an idea about a new "training tool" he should use on her.
What's so terrible about desensitization to a chainsaw (with no chain, I might add)?? Sure, he could have gone about it differently, but...
I do think he should not be so close to the road though, but that's not abuse to the mule or horses he trains. And yes, a helmet would be optimal, but that's personal choice.
Erm, and the studs are not his... just sayin.
On the other hand, he did seem too big a rider for such a small mule. But whose to say he hasn't just hopped on a her a couple times? The mule's 12, she may have came to him trained. We have no idea how little or how much he has actually been working or her, besides the video and few photos provided.
Suboptimal, cringe-worthy, not something I would do? Certainly. But abuse? No.
....horses should be trained in such a way that they not only love their riders, but look forward to the time they are with them.
~ Xenophon, 350 B.C.
Uh, if the mule is that safe that you CAN run a chainsaw or shoot off of her wouldn't you want to show that? Can you do that off of your horses? Busy street? Yeah...can you ride yours bareback alongside such a street? No helmet? Yeah...but talked to death here about being an adult's right to decide. Small sized mule/taller rider? Yeah....but how many POA's and QP's are there out there packing adults around? And if you want to see really small...check out the burro's in places like Greece and Mexico and others....heavens, even Jesus rode an ass.
I don't see downtrodden mule...her ears are forward most of the time and she's responsive. Not sure I've ever seen a really happy looking mule for that matter...they just don't seem as expressive to me as horses so maybe that's the thing.
If I had the money and she wasn't so far away I'd buy her in a heartbeat....and not as some kind of rescue trip on my part either...she'd earn her keep packing kids around safely.
For some reason I found this absolutely hysterical...what a good girl. I think I almost fell out of my chair laughing at the trash heap/gravel pile parts of the video. I mean, come on you guys, this is like the ultimate Noble Rural American horse training montage video! Comedy gold in my opinion.
Im also not sure why people are freaking out so bad. Ya know some of us have BROKE horses, lols! I used to work with Mounted Police Horses (Qhs, drafts, drafts crosses, standardbreds and even the dreaded "crazy" Thoroughbreds). You all would probably string me up for the "abuse" we bestowed on those poor horsies! OMG guns, and flags, and tarps, car horns, motorcycles and SMOKE BOMBS propelled objects, POWER TOOLS, and flairs, FIRE and FIRECRACKERS and "riots" not to mention garbage cans getting tossed around and forcing them to wear "riot gear". Heck if I had a chain saw I would have used that too. I think ALL horses should just as broke as that mule. Heck if she was about five hands bigger they could sell to a Mounted Police Unit for a hansome price.
Its really kind of shocking that people are appauled by the sight of a BROKE horse...