Martin Muehlstaetter demonstrates he can abuse a horse
At the FEI World Reining final warm-up, Martin Muehlstaetter took to this horse in full public viewing with his spurring, sawing and gouging like a possessed man. The excitement of a major show, the overwhelming desire to win at all costs, sees the horse suffer to a level that should have demanded his immediate dismounting of the animal and removal from the show. Cleary unable to rationalize right from wrong, this man now travels the world giving clinics on reining horse training and is upheld by the NRHA as one of the Top 20 Trainers in the world.
Is this what it takes to train a Reiner or is this a person that is incapable of controlling his emotions? Is this an association that condones horse abuse to keep the entertainment rolling and trainers flowing the cash through their tills?
It would seem that at these FEI world championships the world became aware of the horse abuse that has been occurring hidden away in niche show pens and barns for many a long year.
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Really!??? I saw absolutely no abuse in this video! The thing is, is that people like you lose their credibility when they complain about non-abuse situations like this. I was attentively reading your articles and agreeing with you until I saw this video. Now i can’t figure out whether your just one of those types that complain about EVERYTHING, or if you legitimately know what your talking about! We desperately need watchdogs in the reining industry. But, they need to know what they are looking at and talking about! They do NOT need to jump the gun and complain about non-issues, or else they will lose their more educated audience who know the sport inside and out. Please be more realistic with what you call abuse in the future. Other than that, I appreciate what you are trying to do.
The training standards applied in this video were deemed abusive by a number of his peers at top level. The matter was taken up with the FEI and they were issued warnings for abuse and misconduct. The NRHA sat on its hands. You may want to consider this in your personal benchmarks of management of your own horses and your associates.
Sorry but you way exaggerated. Your credibility has evaporated.
Is there another video that would support your claim?
Obviously a reining rider that is doused in abuse training techniques. The rest of the world is up in arms when that was released and the riders were reprimanded and put on warnings for abuse by FEI and warnings from NRHA. So your credibility in observation is somewhat wrong.
I did not see abuse. I saw schooling and guidance. Yes he took ahold of the horse, but not jerking or gouging with spurs. a lot of the time the spurs are not even in contact. If this was a horse that did not know its job, then this would be extreme. But the horse clearly has high level training and the temperament to do these drills. Believe me I have seen abuse and know the difference. The trouble is a lot of people that have no idea of what they are talking about make false claims. These people cause harm to good trainers reputations and their professions.
You are on your own as the rest of the world have all agreed it is abuse. We pity your horses if this is mild and you have seen worse. Sad day for horses.
Absolutely no abuse in this video. I putty your intelligence in thinking this horse was abused in any way. Go hug a tree
‘Animal Welfare’…if you are going to make claims like “The training standards applied in this video were deemed abusive by a number of his peers at top level” you need to give sources so people can fact check this. I don’t know if any professional trainer in the Reining industry that would deem this abusive. In the video where the horse almost ran into the wall Martin CLEARLY tried to pull the horse back sooner than the horse intended to in an attempt to save the horse from hitting the wall.
Your comments make it clear how naive and uneducated you are in this space. If I was Martin I would Pby sue you for slander.
Education and horsemanship are a privilege not a right. Get off the soapbox when you clearly lack either requirement for a vocalization re: abuse. No abuse. Just an idiot on a soapbox saying something is true when it’s clearly not..