Ok, Bubba, I read over the thread that you posted that video in. At no time was this ever expressed as a tongue in cheek joke about gaited horses. I will let anyone pour through it, if they feel the need.
Might want to take a closer look, then, and read for greater comprehension this time: What do you think of this horse and rider?
"Still laughing about my wannabe-TWH, though."
"I'm not trying to pull her head up. I'm allowing her to raise her head in the way that is most comfortable for her at that gait. I'm imitating the (often bad) riding of backyard speed racking Standardbreds and TWH's. It's for comic effect as well as to allow her to best slip into her "gait," and it is not harming her in any way (I've said that I know more strain is being placed on the back that if I were posting, but I do my best to minimize that by leaning back, absorbing through the knees, and sitting on my butt to allow it to provide cushion)." (What do you think of this horse and rider?
"I want to walk--she walks. I want to trot, she wants to run, I say "heck, let's take a video because this is funny, and then we'll get back to work and control." And so we did."
"To be honest my gut reaction upon seeing this video and not knowing the background might be similar to some of ya'll's, and again, I apologize for my unfair social experiment. Still wish I had some input from actual experienced gaited horse people."
"I did expect the negative comments, and that's why I'm not running off screaming persecution. I do fail to see the harm in occasional goofing off, though. Given that I am now telling you the truth, and saying that this two-minute video was but a snippet of my ride, and that but a snippet of my usual weekly exercise routine (which consists of far better, more proper, and more controlled riding), can you honestly insinuate that this did serious harm, either wrecking the mare's training or hurting her in any way?
I do not have heavy hands, but apparently have no proof to offer. Nothing I can do to convince anyone otherwise, I guess, besides repeat my refrain....
Yeah, I have no idea how a gaited horse (real or otherwise) should truly be ridden, and I'm basing my parody off of MFT competitions I have seen (talk about bad riding
) and speed racking YouTube videos. And doing my best to keep the strain from my bouncing off of her back."
I remember you justifying doing this, to a horse you admitted to being lame for a long time, as a way of getting her back in shape, in one of your posts.
Sort of. Not exactly. I was trying to get her back in shape (after spending $6000+ in vet bills on her over the past two years), and she was ticked because I wasn't letting her go fast enough (a long trot just wasn't cutting it for her, and without any real exercise, she had plenty of energy to burn), so this happened.
Am I picking on you? Well, That was the first time I ever saw any of your posts and I guess it did leave a bad taste in my mouth. When you advertise yourself as being an expert on bitting and then seem unable to listen to anyone not agreeing with you, I do get impatient.
Thank you for that, Pot.
When, exactly, have I used the word "expert" in reference to myself? Ah, that's right, I haven't. But I have, however, proven you wrong with your misguided "opinion" of bitting mechanics, using video demonstrations and math from actual, like, physics. Like the pressure/leverage ratio thing on this very thread, or the AS vs. TT fiasco.
While I spent much of my youth running barrels and poles, I do not consider myself any kind of expert on what is going on today. I especially don't consider myself an expert on some of the aggressive bits I see being used today. But, it does not take a BR bit expert to understand the basic physics of design and its contribution to the pain compliance that they represent.
Exactly. It just takes someone with a rudimentary understanding of basic physics concepts and equine anatomy.