There's another picture down below that has two handlers on either side of a bank, lunging two horses over said bank at the SAME time....wtf??? You couldn't pay ME to put my horse somewhere that thinks jumping over huge rocks and jumping two horses over an obstacle at the same time is okay.
Well, that happens at the end of pair competition in hunter paces. Both horses are under saddle and the obstacle is always wide enough for two horses.
Meh. I'll bet if the horse hit the rock, he'd roll off it.
Now this horse really isn't jumping it well and I'd be concerned this horse doesn't have the scope it takes to clear this wide rock from the slow canter I think the human at the end of the lunge could create.
In fact, I don't see the purpose of teaching a horse how to jump in hand this way. Is it about some special kind of obedience? Can any CA afficionados explain?
wow... hadn't even noticed the thumbs down till it was pointed out!!! As the OP of this thread, I was commenting on the photo, NOT CA or his methods!! WOW, someone out there (who doesn't have the guts to step up BTW) is REALLLLLLY sensitive....
I am not sure that there would be many trainers worth that amount for starting my horse for 6 weeks. It is a bit concerning to me that they say girth galls are common and that you cannot visit or observe the horse being worked.
I have never galled a horse that I have kept up properly (even in heavy work), except for one mare that was very thin skinned and reacted badly to the neoprene, but in a nice mohair she was comfy.
Same with the rock thing. I think it's great to work with horses with many obstacles and develop confidence, etc, but I am not sure what the goal there besides possibly injuring the horse? Anyone seen this obstacle in person and can comment on it?
Where did you see that? I did notice after I got over the shock of the picture that the poor horse looked like it had a pretty sore looking rub mark right where the girth would go.
I can't even imagine that that effort turned out at all safe. I am even more amazed that the horse even attempted to do something like that. Most horses that I have met seem to at least have some sense of self preservation when it comes to something they know they can't clear....
I am not a fan of natural horsemanship simply because I have seen it do a lot more harm than good in the hands of an amatuer.
As to the thumbs down, I have gotten a thumbs down on the most random of posts, even posts that were putting a posistive spin on a certain product. *shrug* I just chalked it up to a spammer.
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So you pay $4,714 for one of his students to gain training experience? I used to be a big fan of CA, even rode with him for a time. But that was back when he drove around in an old beater El Camino and was lucky to have 5 riders show up! I just can't understand all the rushing around and bracing. I can take hold of a leadrope and know if a horse has been trained following "The Method". Yuck, its all about the poor things escaping pressure and staying ahead of the "spank" and not a bit of feel. Couldnt pay me enough to even sit through one of his TV shows!