excuse me? I do not balance off the reins! I would never harm paddy gator! My instructor is one of the best in my opinion because we actually let the horses enjoy themselves instead of dictate them like they do at other trail rides! I should know after having lily around. I at least spend my time learning what I can from the horses as well. I would not be the spiritual, open minded, RESPONSIBLE, caring person I am today if I had never been around my babies. I've learned how to comunicate with them, know each's personality, give them the respect they deserve for horses are far more superior than any human being and that includes me too!
Every beginner balances on the reins at some point. I'm sure I did, but my instructor took the steps to FIX the problem. We weren't allowed to canter until we could ride a whole lesson without stirrups.
No one actually intentionally hurts there horse, but it happens. If you catch your horses in the mouth every once in a while its fine. I do it, usually if the horse unexpectedly trips or they spook. Using your reins for balance will make it uncomfortable for your horse. Right now you can't use you body for balance so your going to use your reins or saddle horn.
Not "dictating" a horse is dangerous. They can't just be galloping up and down hills all day. That leads to dangerous behavior. I'm sure if Patty Gator had it her way she wouldn't want you "dictating" her out of her paddock, slapping a saddle on and galloping her up a hill. I don't dictate, I ask my horses. And they ALL enjoy their jobs. One mare loves reining the other is a fantastic trail horse. Plus I run a barn with 20 lesson horses. I know them all like the back of my hand too.
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