1. Laura
    September 26, 2011 @ 12:43 PM

    Kim thanks for the interesting post. Why do you suppose thereare so many 'dead eyed' performance horses? Are they bored? Do they perform and then never get a reward for their performance?

    Ihave seen horses perform beautifully and then have to turn around and put in another great performance back to back. The horses have to know that they are doing a good job. It may be a treat, a pat or some other stimulus.
    I try to reward my horses and often starts out as a treat-fest and have to count my fingers when Im done! but now a simple – good girl – is all that is necessary to get the horse tounderstand that is what I want!

    thanks – Laura


    • kwende
      October 24, 2011 @ 9:51 PM

      I believe there are a lot of dead eyed horses because of some of trained methods that are used. Some show horses that I’ve been around go from their stall at home to the practice ring back to the stall and then off to a show where they are put in a stall again and have never been let out to just run and be a horse.



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