My apologies for poor wording. I did not mean that at all.
But when you think about it, the entire reason for taming the horse originally came from needing them in war, to help the farm, transport us where we needed to go, etc. But now horses are really only used to showing off how good of trainers we are or how good we are as jockeys. You play the "Practicality" card a lot in your posts, Northern. Perhaps it's time to let it go. Horses are no longer practical.....but neither is spending hours on petty teenage girl makeup or going out to see a movie, or even leaving home anymore. If everyone was practical, we wouldn't be much of a fun group of people, would we? Some of the best things in life are impractical. And horses are one of them. Even the people that still use horses for logging and hay fields end up causing a whole helluva lot more damage than modern machinery....And I know, I live in a town primarily created for logging. A town nobody's heard of, so I list my status as Eagle Point. Less than 500 people live in this town, and just behind our house I can see people driving big ol' draft horses with logs strapped to their backs.
I mean no offense to you. I've said it before but I'll say it again: I do respect you as a horseman and I look forward to eharing your replies. However I do notice you say a lot of things are "Impractical" when hardly anything is practical anymore.
And just for the record - Humans are a sick race. I'm actually quite ashamed to be one.....Hell, if I could change my race I would. And if I didn't end up liking it, that would be just too **** bad for me, wouldn't it? But there's nothing we can do except try not to be as bad as some of our race.
And back on topic....I don't think that I would train my hore to do this, but as a performance trick it's great. What people don't realize is that horses are a lot like humans - We perform stupid/ridiculous/insane tricks all the time. Yes we have a choice, but I think the horse knows exactly what it's doing. People don't always realize that you can't physically make a horse do anything. What we call "Training" is nothing more than mind games to make the horses think we're invincible. But the moment that horse realizes we aren't.....Well, that'll be the day a horsemen realizes exactly how much he relied on trickery. That's why it's much better to bond with a horse. If you have a bond, then you can do this whole "Silly trick" thing and have it not be so silly.
Well, anyway, I'm rambling. Rambling is one of my major skills....in case y'all hadn't figured that out yet ^^
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.