If it was not meant in a demeaning way at all, then I apologize for getting on the defense. It is tough to differentiate when reading someone else’s highlighting of words or stresses what is and isn’t as it seems.
Your thoughts certainly leave something to think about, I find after having used this one rein on Sable, I don’t need to really take any contact in the mouth as you said while on Sable when I drive her forward as she just tends to hold it on her own as I have give her the cue to collect… meanwhile I just hold my hands steady and she gets under herself, which maybe for equitation would look more relaxed as the actual transition is quite motionless for the rider? Not sure…regardless, two different methods, neither bad just different. Hopefully my next step will be to remove the rein cue out of my request and just drive her forward during gait change, but I do find that rein cue for corrections in the same gait work for me simply because it is like a subtle ‘hey, pay attention, that’s wrong’ and she gets back to focus.
btw, when I say loose rein I mean that the rein is loose enough for the horse to shake its head with just a slight feeling of contact with each downward shake (in the write ups for the shows they for ‘riding on a loose rein’ for TWHBEA shows in Canada, so that is what I mean by loose rein). Loose enough the horse is carrying itself while moving forward but still in contact with you, as the goal is self carriage. Flipping through a Voice magazine last night of a friends and we were discussing how uncomfortable the whole ride looks at the lite shod padded horses, a much more natural look is to my tastes as well!
Thanks you’re your ideas, despite an conflict, I am reading and paying close attention as I find that one never can stop learning or needing help where horses are concerned as at the end of the day they are all different, and Brighteyes, you may just find one or the other works, a combination of the two, or neither for you but something else! Either way, goodluck!