first of all thank you so much for the help with my pushy filly. i will do these things you mentioned. my question now is about my choosing between two local trainers . i would love to come down south for your help in person for my filly, but stuck up north. anyhow, my trimmer sometimes has to spend a few minutes with her. he is firm, and very quiet, and she has never kicked. now, a trainer spent some time with her and it was a whole different scenario- swatting with the lead, swatting with the crop, her getting mad and kicking, rearing, biting, doing a lippiznner move wow! which person do you think is the better choice to work with my filly ? this question may be too vague. my gut says stick with my trimmer. he says he will train her to go with the rope halter and no bit if that’s what i want. he’s very nice. now the trainer suggests i teach her to go with a bit in case i ever change my mind and want to use it. well, i am not interested in bits-period. it seems like he’s trying to push it on me. he’s nice too, just wondering what you think?
Christine P from Red Bluff, California
Well that is a hard question without knowing more about the trainers. But I will answer as to the info that you gave me on them. I would go with the Trimmer. He sounds as though he is firm but friendly. The trainer sounds as though he is pushing the horse into a fight, we want to work with the horse not against the horse. Also it sounds as though the trimmer is more willing to work with what you want then the trainer is trying to push you into a mold. A lot of good horsemanship is going with your commonsense and gut feeling. If you feel as though the trimmer is better for you and your horse then go with that.
Hope this helps.