Yeah it does kinda feel like it's turned into a heated emotional thread. I hope I didn't start it. Probably did, cus I can't convey using wordage all that well how I feel.
I was just trying to say that I personally want to avoid all metal wether it's a bit or not. Even stiff things on my horse I wanna avoid. I would prefer to train my horse to the point that he will confidently respond to me in a rope halter. Even after that I wanna learn to teach my horse to respond to cues so that I won't need any head gear at all. Luckily I was given a horse that already has those foundations. I can tie a loop out of baling twine and put it around my horses neck and ride him around in the pasture. That's my goal with all the horses I get. I want them to trust me and communicate with me while they are confident in me. Then I can ride with em without any headgear.
And nevertheless I don't chastize people for what they prefer to use. Everyone is different, and we're all on our own learning paths. Just myself I would prefer to train myself to communicate with horses in such a way that they are confident to what I want them to do in a rope halter.
Even as a child when I couldn't saddle a horse without climbing up onto the fence posts I would ride around horses that my family was scared of. "I had a special small saddle, still have it too." I just didn't know any better and so my grandparents would come home and I would be riding around and they would freak out. That was when I was around 5 or 6 though, and I always used a bit on the horses back in those days.
I was also gonna add that the person who gave my horse to me said that if he uses a bit then use a snaffle. He just prefers a snaffle, and on the first ride with him I didn't have a snaffle, so I just used a regular bit that I used in the past as a child. And he was nervous about it. All horses are different though.
Last edited by totalfreedom; 11-23-2009 at 08:01 PM.