Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Crab Orchard, KY
I have a senior quarter horse that exhibits all of these tendencies as well. I have only trail ridden so I don't have to worry about show qualifications. However, I have always been bothered by this behavior. At 25 years old, she is still very much full of herself and ready to be "bad" if I am not paying attention. I feel like I have failed somehow because I don't use a bit, but she is really a great ride other than my feelings about this. Good leg cues, excellent reining, and good stops; just doesn't like a bit. I am following this thread because I would like confirmation that I haven't created this situation as a "problem."
I do know that the trainer that "started" this horse used many techniques that I consider inhumane or simply poor horsemanship including withholding food and being tied for extended periods. I have always thought that this problem was something he created.
I would like to be able to use a bit like "normal" people but gave up with that dream long ago. I'd love to hear more about this problem, as outline by the OP.
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