Horse to Human Interactions
By: Jodi M Wilson
For example, the owner that only sees the horse as a way to entertain them during their free time. There is no deep concern for the horses welfare and sometimes no concern for the horse at all. The owner makes their semi-daily trek to the barn, saddles the horse, rides them hard, puts them up and goes home feeling refreshed. Meanwhile the horse stands sore and tired until the next visit. These owners will even stay gone for weeks and return one day and ride as if the horse had spent those weeks in the gym staying fit while the owner was away.
More common is the bizarre relationship where the owner treats the horse as a lap dog or worse an equal to the human counterpart. They coo and fuss over the horse as if it was a baby and then get angry when Poopsy grabs the treat, finger and all, or crushes their foot when it gets spooked and jumps into them. Yet, even with the most severe injuries, these owners will explain away how Poopsy didn't mean to hurt anyone and doesn't have a mean bone in its body (except the finger it grabbed with the treat).
To me, one of the saddest relationships is that of the 'show horse' horse and indifferent owner. The type where the horse is just a means to an end. This owner exerts no real effort into the details of the care of the horse, they have people for that, and by the way the horse is for sale. Much like the first relationship, the owner only cares to know how to ride the horse and only in such a way as to win, no matter the cost. And if that horse can't pull magic out of the hat, sell it and buy a different one. Instead of investing time, interest, and training they go through horses like toilet paper.
When one truly considers all the horse allows humans to do to it for the love of money, status, and ego, it thrusts the horse into its own category of animal. An animal that deserves respect, nurture, and our consideration, not a vehicle that is used hard and parked in the garage, scolded for behaviors that have been allowed and even encouraged, or used like real estate for monetary gain. They are not motorcycles, lap dogs, or trophies so let's for what they are, horses. They deserve to be treated fairly and as the athletes they are.
Jodi Wilson is a recognized authority on the subject of horse training and has spent almost 30 years developing training techniques and solutions for horse owners no matter the discipline or breed.
About the Author:
Jodi is an Accredited Josh Lyons trainer, and is Certified in John Lyons training techniques. Her website, http://Jodi-Wilson.com, provides a wealth of information to improve the relationship between horse and rider. Jodi is also available for clinics and demonstrations as well as lessons, apprenticeships, and horse training.
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