So, first, nhwr, thank you for "clarifying" that you never leave your horses standing there...alone. I do still disagree with just tying..and letting stand for that long amount of time. I have been taught that there are "other" ways, to teach ground manners, and all my horses are well behaved. I won't put up with a horse that thinks they are the boss and decide what when where how and why.
And that is the first mistake of a parent..allowin their child to believe that this type of stabling behaver ist "do-able"... I've been to places who kept their horses like this. In Germany it has since been banned...why would they ban something that is "do-able"? Probably..because it is not! I would be the first to openly tell any person I was there with, that this is NOT do-able..and turn to the stable owner, and let them know exactly why I would never step into their stall/stable premises again. I've seen cows kept this way, and always felt a sadness that any animal could be kept this way.
It is the person that needs the lessons, not the horse! If I handle a horse, I let it know right off, what it is allowed to do with me, and what is off limits..from there, we build a relationship, with me being the boss! This "old trainer" should have taken lessons on how to handle a horse...sometimes being a "grand prix" rider does not mean that you learned how horse should act when you are on the ground..or, she didn't mind it. I've seen all types. Usually, these types of problems depend on who is at the end of the line, is what I'm trying to say...And, I've seen "other" breeds of horses do the same thing..it is not limited to just the WB scene.
Originally posted by bjrudq
i, too, do not understand why fancy warmbloods do not need to have good manners. my old trainer's grand prix horse used to snatch the lead rope out of her hands to try to grab a mouthful of grass. what the hell is that?