Horses - Behavior Issues, Breaking and Training/horses


I have read the notification and I actually have used your site when I was training my filly. anyways my question is random and not about my horse my brother went to a wild horse race and they bit the horses ear to "control it and stop it" is that just a myth do wild horses actually stop when you bite their ear?

Not a myth, it hurts, many young horses in the wild have one ear or one torn ear. The ear is sensitive and some even use it as a twitch, fold it over and squeeze it, most horses will submit but not good for ear, breaks blood vessels,can do permanent damage. Others horses use it for correction or discipline.

I am not a fan of pain and twitches for training, learning is not taking place with a horse is in pain, fear and submission is taking place, so not a good training method but can be a emergency control method.

I talk about neck and lip twitches on my horseman tips page. I don't mention the ear since I don't want dummies using it and hurting the horse. This is a good way to make a horse head shy, ear shy and hand shy. When you do this you make a horse not trust you and only fear you.

Any of the old cowboy pain and intimidation works but is not good for the horse.  Which is why I say all the time, just because something works, does not mean it is good for the horse. Especially chains, they may work for do real damage and are never good for a horse. But lots of people sell millions of stud chains to idiots that think a chain is needed or nice or safe until they over use it on the wrong horse.  

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--Rick is a student of the horse. I have over 450 free videos on Youtube about horses. I believe in and practice "Natural Horsemanship". I ride mainly western and don't use or promote spurs, bits, or whips. Reins are only one cue for the horse. Using the entire body helps the horse understand. I define riding as a human and horse working together for the enjoyment of both. Pain and fear should not be part of the equation. If you expect feel good advice, you will be disappointed. 95% of all my answers will include the problem is you and not your horse. About 90% of most answers that I give out are on my web site, so if you read it you will probably answer your own question and may learn a few other things. If you ask me a question that I answer on my site or video I will send your question to the question pool.


Rick is an experienced horseman with over 35 years of riding and handling horses. Rick grew up in Texas around horses and horse people. He has started colts, ridden many horses with behavior issues and worked with problem horses. (He believes that most horse problems are really people problems) He believes in and practices natural horsemanship and continues to read and study books by great horsemen. He routinely attends clinics, talks with and discuss horse issues with other clinicians and trainers. He has never met a horse that could not be fixed. Rick believes it is never the horse's fault and with proper handling, all problems can be worked out.

I have life long experience in being around and working with horses. Over the years I have watched good horsemen do the right thing and seen the wrong things done with bad results. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

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