Originally Posted by Inga
I just watched this video. I wonder, does this change how you think or how you will do things, or do you just think it is bull?
What are your thoughts?
I don't see "bad bits".... I see "bad riders". None of those people would EVER be allowed on any of my horses, I don't care who they are or what kind of credentials they have. Period.
A lot of the snatching on the reins that I saw in that video appeared to have anger/aggravation/frustration behind it and if that's the case, then the rider needs to dismount and go cool off for a while. I don't care what the venue nor how much money is riding on that particular event. No amount of money or fame justifies mistreatment of a horse. Never.
I agree that those are apparently extreme cases and I definitely agree that the producer has an agenda, but the events depicted did happen....
The "snatching" is particularly bad, in my opinion. A controlled "pull" that allows a horse time to yield to the pressure when it reaches a sufficient level is a lot different from the abrupt yanking in that video. If the rider thinks he/she has to snatch the reins that hard/abruptly in order to get the horse's attention, then it's time for training, not yanking.
For cryin out loud, a bit is for communication, not pain. Posted via Mobile Device