So, at the boarding stable where I keep my horse, there are many other riders. There used to be 3 other boarders who did Parelli, and we got along quite well until they moved away. Now I'm the only natural trainer at the barn.
The other day, I was grooming my horse as she grazed in the courtyard, and I was watching 2 riders in the ring. They were riding gorgeous hunter-jumper horses, and both were quite high-spirited.
The riders were very harsh - overusing the bit, kicking with sharp spurs, etc.
One of the horses bucked, and so the rider got off, took one rein, looped it through the horse's front legs, pulled his head to his chest, then used the other rein to beat him. The horse ran around in circles, trying to get away, but he couldn't.
How this woman would expect the horse to understand this punishment is beyond me. She kept saying "You know what you did, now submit!" And if he didn't "submit" she would just keep hitting him.
If I can't even comprehend this punishment, how could the poor horse be expected to?