Cyndi Plasch beating horse with plastic bat at Midwest Horse Fair

At the Midwest Horse Fair this year, video taped "professional" horse trainer Cyndi Plasch (confirmed by herself as being the woman in the video with the bat), strikes the horse 20-some times with a plastic bat.

Madison Animal Services is planning to issue a cruelty citation against Cyndi as a result of the video.

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Comment by wildehex on May 2, 2012 at 3:03pm

Have ya' all tried to hit someone/yourself with the kids plastic bat??  It is all sound and not much else, and sound is a powerful motivator.  I would be way more worried about getting kicked.

MANY use whips, pull on the head, try to feed them, etc.

Would I use it?  First, my horses are fed/watered/hayed in a trailer ahead of time.  And, I just put up too lines, and drive the horse on (NOT behind the tail nor pulling) swing the lines toward the horse alternating sides so they cannot vary r or l, and any release of pressure comes when they step forward (no pulling them in either), standing well back.  Never had it take more than five minutes in 50+years.

Comment by immy on May 2, 2012 at 11:21am
What why did nobody stop her that horse was clearly destressed I would have run over there taken the bat and called the police!!!! She is out of order
Comment by Barbara F. on May 2, 2012 at 10:33am

Hey, Wildhex, I usually agree with you, but I have to say that this "trainer" is swinging and hitting the horse and that is the slapping noise we are hearing. What trainer worth their salt hits a horse with a plastic bat to get him on a trailer?? Or with a whip, for that matter??!


Comment by wildehex on May 2, 2012 at 9:59am

Beating??  Doesn't look like it rather swinging and noise.  And not a whip which so many do.  That said, it should take about 5 min to load a horse with driving lines.

Comment by Barbara F. on May 2, 2012 at 9:44am


Thank you for sharing this video and exposing this "trainer". Do you know who she is? I have never heard of her.

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