I wasn't the one who mentioned the turtle thing.
The fact is, AnitaAnne, no one with half an education who cares about horses would go anywhere near a big lick Walker except to rescue it, and most people think sitting on the weakest part of the horse's back is cruel too. Just because some grown-ups do these things does not make them OK. People can be miss-educated or just not care.
That's why I keep referring you to Ziegler's book - If you read the book and still think extreme chair seats, pads etc. are just fine then that's your choice. But right now you don't have the knowledge you need to make that judgment... and neither do the other newbies on this thread.
Also, for the record, even though I love the breed I don't approve of some of the things many Icelandic riders do either.
Sorry to mix you up on the "turtle" position.
IMO, you have just insulted me in more ways than one without any factual basis!
IMO, it takes more than a "half an education" to rescue all the abused TWH doing the "big lick" walk; I think maybe 10 million dollars I might be able to at least build a wonderful facility and maybe rescue the ones around me in maybe a 30 mile radius. So if you would like to send me that money I will be more than happy to start right on that project, if not, don't make assumptions about me or my methods. Put your money where your mouth is & we can discuss the details, otherwise, quit accusing me of things you apparently know absolutely nothing about and get off your high horse & at least make an attempt
to be a bit more practical.
My mother taught me that one catches more flys with honey than with vinager, and I respect her much more than you!
I have seen a lot of things that you have only read about because I am known, trusted & respected. I could tell you about things that are done to horses that would blow your mind. I know these things because I am trusted. You see, I catch those flys with honey & I have my ways.
PS - IMO you have insulted Guilherme too, since he has admitted to trying a padded ride once too. IMO Guilherme is one I can begin to respect, because he has shown a maturity & practicality & willingness to share knowledge that I can relate to. Although I do not have personal experience of the style of riding he does, which I will call "the Fort Riley" way, I am familiar with the mounted posse patrols thru close friends of mine, which IMO is similar.
This will be my last post to you, because I do not believe that you have the ability to comprehend my message, and I do not feel that you can see me clearly due to your own prejudice & preconcieved ideas.