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post #81 of 85 Old 01-25-2012, 05:24 PM
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Aha...the never use a bit and the never shoe debates. Got to love it. My horse has been shod all his life and he's still sound and showing and he's 17 years old. CORRECT trimming WITH shoeing has not harmed him in the least.

Bits, well the THREE aids for riding are hands, seat and legs. A bit is a tool just as a saddle, a halter, a neck rope, and a hackamore is. Sure you can ride a horse it's whole life without a bit, BUT that horse will not use it's body correctly which leads to unsoundness and body soreness issues. Bits aren't evil and neither are shoes. Let's see you get that horse to round and rate without a bit, run a dressage test, or do a reining pattern etc. People do it all the time, it really IS no big deal. But the horse was trained correctly in a bit to be able to do all those things.

Something that stuck me though....was the comment about riding up to people with a neck rope and watching them freak out. A little bit of ego and bragging here, because I assume you got satisfaction from their reaction? But yep, your horse your way. But scientific evidence has shown that shoes are not evil and neither are bits.
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post #82 of 85 Old 01-25-2012, 05:58 PM
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Inventory can never be evil. Ignorant people, however, can and often are, even unwillingly. And such people may manage to strangle their horse with a neck rope while having a nice hack in the woods, or create them lameness issues for the rest of their lives just by not paying the appropriate attention to their hooves. But ignorant people do not represent the idea and the possibilities behind a riding style or a piece of inventory, so I really see no use of stating over and over again about how something is bad just because we've found something else to be good and seen some mistakes other folks do. Just my two cents.

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post #83 of 85 Old 01-25-2012, 09:59 PM
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Getting this back on track...

I mostly ride in a rope halter on my mare...she is softer in this than anything else, but I also ride in regular snaffles, and a light curb, and english hack.



And have ridden bridleless a couple of times (reins are on the barrel)...sorry no actual photos of us, since we were alone at those times... :(



To the OP, it's take 2 years to get to this point...don't rush yourself or your horse...if you are patient, and do the training properly, it will happen eventually, but you and your horse have to meld very well, and he has to obey your cues extremely well, or it could end in a catastrophy!!!
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post #84 of 85 Old 01-25-2012, 10:56 PM
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I can ride bridless/bitless if my horse is in the mood, meaning he's already been worked and is listening very well. If I just grabbed him out of the pasture, and hopped on, it would be a lot of work for me & my legs & seat, I doubt I could warm him up like that. My trainer said maybe this spring or summer we will be ready for bridless riding, she's given me partial lessons with me dropping the reins, lots of work, we had to weave cones. I was sweating more than the horse.
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post #85 of 85 Old 01-26-2012, 01:34 AM
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Back on track, indeed - I used to ride in a riding school which used to be very traditional - no horse without a bit, that was just normal. But some of the horses used to be also very nervous, high strung, headshy, heavy on the forehand and what not, so the owners of the school eventually switched all the horses to rope halters (with appropriate work, of course) - and, surprisingly or not, even the most unruly horses were now available to be ridden by kids. They all became much calmer, willing and sensitive. So, this is just the experience of approximately 30 horses...

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