Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
I still do not for the life of me see the difference between a rope halter and a "Parelli hackamore." It just doesn't click with me.
And like I said, if you're having troubles in a bit, then chances are there's something going on; either with the training, the type of bit, the fit of the bit, or even the fit of the bridle.
I firmly believe that (unless the horse absolutely cannot carry a bit due to injury or conformation) they should be able to accept a bit and work in it willingly. This is for the horse's future - if it gets sold on in the future, you want it to be able to carry a bit, because a lot of riders WILL NOT ride bitless.
Nobody can say 100% for sure their horse will never get sold in the future... I, as a horse owner, want to make Denny as well trained as possible so if I ever do have to sell him, he has a better chance of going to a good, permanent home.
That's my opinion. If the horse can work well in a bit and bitless, then bravo, you should be proud of your training.
I agree with you there. I prefer bitless (lazyness etc) and my horse is never used to/ridden with a snaffle, because the bitless I use works instead of the snaffle. But he will get used to a spanish curb because that's a part of his schooling. And it's so pretty.. *drools* Yeah, I'm so good at prioritating reasos x)
(He'll be ridden with both muserola (bitless ''snaffle'') and the escuela (curb), when he's more educated. Now it's just the muserola) When he's used to that I doubt there would be any problems with using a regular snaffle, but if I am to sell him I'd check that first, of course.
If the horse can't get used to a bit, something is wrong with the training. Not all horses work well on all bits, but at least one of all the snaffles and one of all the curbs that excist, should fit and work. (not that all horses has to be ridden with a curb.. it is for higher schooling, and if you're not interested in that and just rides on a trail, or whatever reason, you shouldn't feel any pressure to teach yourself and the horse to use the curb.. I'm not ready for it yet, but I hope to be soon.)
Of course there can be a physical reason, but I think you should fix that no matter if you ride bitless or not. Problems in the mouth always gives tensions through the rest of the body, even if it's not shown directly in riding.
And something about ''real'' hackamores.. I hate it when that's the first bitless people try. Nobody puts a curb bit on a green horse, why put a curb bitless? ><