This old horsey wives' tale leads to a nightmare

Horse wisdom is passed from generation to generation, and top horsemen tend to be willing to learn from the sages of the ages. Still, sometimes old assumptions are pretty sketchy.

Take this one, for example.

“To establish dominance over a green horse, 
rub some of your own sweat on his nose.”

Raise your hand, if you've heard that one before. (Better yet, leave a comment to let me know where and when you heard it. I'd be willing to bet there's a story behind it.)

OK, this may help a horse to become acquainted with his human handler. And no one would doubt that colt starting takes plenty of human sweat.

But seriously?

Methinks there’s a whole lot more to it than that.
Rearing Horse
By Annalisa Parisi
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