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Manners--was stereotypes

>But I doubt that anyone but the most experience handler
>and the calmest horse would allow a chain to only apply enough pressure to
>release endorphins and not make a mess of the gums and freak the horse out
>more as you suspected.

Actually, it's not too hard at all to apply subtle pressure with a lip 
chain. Anyone who has to make a mess of the gums  in using one isn't 
skilled enough to use it--sort of like a spade bit or spurs or any other  tool.

And while the farrier mentioned earlier sounds a bit hasty, there are an 
awful lot of folks  who make excuses for ill trained spoiled horses, then 
get all riled up when the farrier/vet/dentist/chiro, etc.  expect them to 

Wake up, guys. Unless you're paying us to train your horse, it's your 
responsibility to present us with one that is already trained. No equine 
professional can afford to get hurt by someone's spoiled pet and be out of 

Fortunately most of us with a DVM can use drugs instead of training, but 
I've run across a few that came close to hurting me before I could get the 
chemical restraint on board.

If you don't do your homework, IMHO you have no grounds for objecting when 
we  use what techniques are necessary to get our job done.

I have  spent extra time working on  getting  horses who've had a bad 
experience or three to come around to the idea that I'm not the Devil 
Incarnate, but that's    different from a  horse who has no respect for 
humans because they've been allowed to walk all over  them. Those are the 
most dangerous variety.
                                          --CMNewell, DVM

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