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In a whisper or in a shout?

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In a Whisper or In a Shout? Training Under Time Constraints

Written by Mary Hunter on November 25, 2009 on her blog Stale Cheerios Blog

Mary is a Graduate Student in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas.

“Recently I watched a documentary film called In A Whisper. It’s a DVD of a colt starting challenge that was held in Fort Worth in 2002. The three trainers in the competition, Craig Cameron, Pat Parelli and Josh Lyons, each had 2 1/2 hours to start a two year old colt. The horses had very little handling prior to the event, and by the end of the evening, the trainers were riding the colts at a walk, trot and lope, taking them through a small obstacle course, and even roping from their backs.

“Impressive? Yes, very. It takes a very skilled and talented horse person to be able to take a horse through basic ground work exercises and then get the horse use to the saddle and rider in under three hours. However, what made an even bigger impression on me was how stressed and uncomfortable the horses look throughout most of the DVD. The horses are pushed hard and have little chance to think about or process anything. There is a bit of snorting and bucking and quite a bit of high headed horses with eyewhites showing.”

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In a whisper or in a shout? Training under time constraints