You can post away. I read all of the critiques and I take in advice that I feel will help me. I am not taking your comments as personnel attacks although, Seeing me ride my horse this one time it isn't really fair to be "judgemental" in responses. Giving facts and advice is great, that's what the critique section is for.
I will say that I have a great trainer and I trust her and her husband very very much. I don't believe they would ever lead me wrong on purpose and they've done really well for themselves in the QH, Arab, and Mule circuits. She is the one that told me to, on occasion ride in the port, and yes she did say the draw reigns are fine for me to use with it, and if you go to a QH show and watch people warm up, you'll see TONS of riders in draw reigns and a port - I do know what a port does and I do know how to ride in one, and I do agree that draw reigns and a port are not always a good combination.
I'm opposite of a lot of the QH riders. They'll get into a really bad habit which is to snatch on the mouth - it's one of the dangers or I geuss Risks you take when you learn to ride in that frame, you get a little snatchy sometimes. Especially the younger riders. My problem is that my cues are too soft and I get really "naggy" and that's really BAD. It's a problem I have to fix and the draw reigns help me.
I do ride in a snaffle, I also ride in the bosal and I ride in the port. I've ridden him in several bits as I think it's important for a horse to be versatile. As for the speed, that's not my main concern, my concern is to get him underneath himself, which as you can see I'm having issues at the canterlope... It's going to take me a while because I'm not working him very hard at this point as he is only two. I have a lifetime ahead of me to get him where he needs to be. That's why he's a little fast. I can get him to crawl at the jog, it's his "easy" pace. The lope, he's a little lazy as most babie's are... he's not rushy, which is good but it's really really hard work for him to collect up, he'd rather be strung out... and he gets a little confused with the whole hold his front end back but push his hind end forward thing... he's only two....
Anyway, the judgemental portion of the posts is a little hurtful as I love my horse and I'm really working hard with him but the advice portions are great I do take what I can from it...
"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"