"I'm finding "Bob's" posts quite entertaining with a LOT of WRONG information from a very closed mind of gaited myths and questionable training abilities.
Thank you BOB for making me laugh for the day but I really hope others do not take you seriously on your "advice" "
Glad you had your entertainment. Before you claim there's " a LOT of WRONG informartion" you should try it, you might like it.
Too bad your not person enough to simply disagree. Just because you do it one way, does not mean another way is laughable. I suppose you still think the earth is flat. Columbus was a big joke too.
I have come to the conclusion that you do not know how to really work with horses in a humane way and are stuck in a MYTH world of training ideas.
To even suggest using a double wire twisted snaffle bit as a starter bit is insane and any GOOD trainer would NEVER suggest this period.
You also made comment about sitting on your pockets with legs forward in order to get a horse to gait which is false again.
I've been training and showing gaited horses since the 70's. A lot of things have changed for the better in training these talented animals without the stupidity or ignorance to learn a easier and safer way to enhance these horses without pain involved.
As for working with double wire snaffles and etc bits, I've had my share with those bits and chose to not use them today. I would rather train the horse to be soft and supple in a normal snaffle bit (or dog bone, lozenge etc)
The only thing that I did agree with from you was the myler comfort bit for certain horses that need tongue relief but that is it.
When the horse is a "finished" horse, then I would put them into a step up bit. (still no double wire snaffle!) But I would never recommend a unskilled hand with a finishing bit on a horse.
Oh and by the way, I ride my gaited horses (and clients) classical dressage ;) two of mine are in myler D ring comfort snaffles and a D- ring snaffle. I also use dressage saddles, a circle y park and trail SQHB saddles on them. Two are barefoot and one with front shoes, oh and they all gait perfectly.
You claim to have 50 years of experience but from what I read from your posts is that you may have owned horses for 50 years but no proper training/instruction from a professional horse person.
You make reference about me "still thinking that the world being flat", I not only know the world is beautifully well rounded with lots of knowledge if one chooses to learn ;) So Bob, have you made it out of MO?
And easy on Columbus, he's my kin folk