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post #11 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 10:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
I rode a mare that had been ridden with unforgiving hands. She fought being bridled. When we were first walking I touched the rein so see how responsive she was. She immediately tried to fight me so I gave her lots of rein. When she was finished I asked again. This time she responded. The third time I asked she was now so light she almost left me on the ground as she turned so quick. What was I doing? I'd merely tickle the rein with my pinky. I trained my shetland like that and my good trail horse.

Yep, bitless or bited, really doesn’t mean much if the hands on the reins are no good.
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post #12 of 12 Old 02-04-2013, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by AnrewPL View Post
Yep, bitless or bited, really doesn’t mean much if the hands on the reins are no good.
Pretty much. You can do damage either way, wether the bit is in the horse's mouth or there is a halter on the face. And many people tend to forget that the mouth is indeed a very sensitive area, even moreso than the face because it is an area that is not exposed and therefor has tender skin and nerves. Media and tradition, however, have desensitized people to the idea of it.
Not saying never use a bit, but people should be aware of what it does and how to use it. The really good riders & trainers can ride their horses in a bit or a halter and use very very minimal pressure to get a response, so that they can put a big curb or a double bridle on (for example) and use it the way it was meant to be used; as a tool to finetune a horse's carriage and motion with the littlest pull on the reins and not as a "harsher bit" solution because the handler cannot get their horse to respond willingly.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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