Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Some horses need to be reminded that they are not in charge. Although hard yanking while see-sawing can cause damage, done as a reminder is just that.
The way I have done it - and only with a snaffle - is to make light contact while holding the reins with just my thumb and index finger. I use the other three fingers to alternately squeeze and release which sets up a slight motion in my horse's mouth. It is more annoying then anything else and the moment my horse reacts, I stop.
It can be an affective tool if done properly but a hurtful one if not. I'm sure that is what wordstoasong was refering to and not sitting back and yanking back and forth.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 12-08-2008 at 08:07 AM.