I've seen some girls at the riding club I'm in who use their reins to correct their horses. Like say their horse rears a little bit when entering the arena for a barrel run or tries to bite another horse on the trail-- they'll like, pop them in the mouth with the reins, which tends to make their horses raise their head and kind of flinch their heads and stuff... Is it okay?
Today Specs was being stubborn and wouldn't go away from the trailer when we were heading out for the trails, and one of the girls was like "Just pop him in the mouth and give him an extra kick" ...I hesitated at first, because it seems against my horsey-morals to use the bit like that, but they were waiting up for me and he was doing his classic stubborn-horse shenanigans (when I'll cueing him to go forward and he just stops and raises his head, backs up like he's threatening to rear...) So, long story short, I was pressured into using the bit to correct him. The worst part was: he listened to it and continued on...
Idk if I'm overreacting, maybe it's actually fine to discipline with the reins, but something tells me that it's wrong and is ruining his mouth
Idk. What's your take on it?