Well, there is a whole thread on big lick horses.
That should give you much to go with.
There have been two cases I know in the past few years of western pleasure trainers spurring horses mercilessly.
One, the assistant trainer he left at home when he went to shows did it, but the trainer was in charge, so it was on his head.
The owner found out and complained.
Another, some lady trainer even tried to super glue hair back in the cuts, then was found out by the owners and even the police was involved in that one.
If you do a search here, you will find several such stories.
Just be sure to explain in your paper that those are rare, should not happen at all, but some humans, well, are abusers, no matter where you find them, including working with horses, sadly.
Not at a horse show but when I was riding at a reining barn one of the trainers roughed up a young colt and handed the horse off to another student. The horse had bloody spur marks on each side. The trainer said something along the lines of "Wipe that piece of sh** horse now."
Not saying that the hunter jumper world has any less abusive or ill practices. As a groom I saw all the nitty gritty; aceing the horses to where they were dragging their heads on the ground out to the ring. Lunging horses until they couldn't do any more than a walk, ect.
I witnessed a high level western pleasure trainer correct a horse by repeatedly jerking on the horse's mouth intentionally and methodically, rotating left-hand-right-hand. Horse gave up and rolled his eyes into the back of his head, drenched in sweat and clearly uncomfortable. Poor thing. The trainer explained to me that some horses "need to be taught this way". Bull.
Wow. That shanking is HORRIBLE, and the judges watch it!! They clearly are doing it to scare the crap out of the horses, get their heads up, eyes open, and nostrils blowing in fear they will be hit in the head by the whip over their heads, which clearly has been done MANY times, so they look "beautiful."
WHat the HELL is wrong with the judges, show personnel, owners, handlers, and any other moron there that thinks that's good?
Yanno, I only got through half of the vid and quit. Then I was thinking of the TWH's who suffer all the abuse. What the eff is wrong with people?? I'm not a softy but why do people do this to horses?? If you're afraid of them, find another pastime. That's what it looks like to me. Crikey.
That shows absolutely no respect of love of horses. Even those honking big
warmblood stallions know to stand quietly without needing punishment.
The training is done at home, and hopefully, while strict and consistent, is kind.
We hire stewards to enforce the rules at horseshows, but it seems they rarely do. I've taken things into my own hands often enough when I see someone roughing up their horse after a not so good round. I just go up to them and explain that their trainers would not like to see this display or lack of horsmanship and that the horse does not learn from a rider having a temper fit....except I say it politely.
Over-lungeing, witholding water, lots of tricks of the trade that are questionable.
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The Arab shanking disgusts me. Arabs are some of the most sensitive, brave, intelligent horses I've ever met. The shanking disgusts me. For fun one summer, I taught my mare how to "stand" as if in a halter show. I did it in a soft rope halter, and the kids got to play around with her. No shanking or hitting was involved. Both parties had fun.
I would assume it is a short cut to teach the horse to lean back and show off their muscle. It obviously just takes way too much time to explain to the horse what exactly the trainer wants, so intimidating the horse works better. Absolutely disgraceful.
Am I the only one that wishes that the horse would bolt when those fools wrapped the leads AROUND their hands several times?
It amazing what A-holes will do for a ribbon and money – there is way too much of this kind of stuff going on in ALL disciplines of horse showing. I wish we could run them out of the horse world.
Seriously, just about every sport I can think of, be it sloth like peanut roller 2 year old WP horses, Big Lick, drugged hunters, blue tongue dressage horses, and so on, have gone to the extreme at the expense of the horse. Abusive training methods are usually the go to, to produce these wild extremes.
As an aside, a long time ago, Larry Jones of New York showed an imported Arabian mare to the national championship without having a whip, which is unheard of in the Arabian world. It was quite the news about not having the whip, but it didn't do anything to stop others carrying and using whips. Now I understand that a judge has to dismiss a horse/handler if there are welts seen. I left the Arabian show world a long time ago.