Tag: too high
My trainer insists that I only feed grass hay and almost no grain because my horse is too “high” and is too difficult to ride. My horse is quieter now but looks thin with no muscle. What should I do?
Get a new trainer. A person who feels they have the talent, expertise and know how to call themselves a trainer should not be starving horses into submission they should be training them. Even if a horse is difficult, making them weak isn’t training, just like turning them out and exhausting them isn’t either. No matter how difficult or “high” a horse is a trainer should know how to begin a process that will develop their minds while not depleting their bodies. Horses need to gain muscle to be able to perform the movements we are asking of them and to gain muscle they need to have a bit of surplus energy not a depletion. Neither should the horse be allowed to become too fat, this would also hamper their abilities.
We are also careful not to let the horse become …