...Well, I can guarantee it.
In my classical-dressage nazi opinion, there isn't a single use for them in my training regimen. I haven't, thus far, found an issue that isn't either caused by my riding or can't be fixed by softness and feel. I've only ever seen them mask the issue, only for it to arise when the draw-reins are taken off. I also see often that people don't check for issues like misfitting tack, soundness issues, etcetera. Allow me to highlight the most common/stupidest reasonings I hear from people using them:
- "My horse is throwing her head." Well, what are you doing with her head in the first place? When a horse is throwing it's head, it can be caused by misfitting/unsuitable tack, pain or neurological problems, or something you are doing.
- "I'm trying to teach him not to flip out in transitions and stuff." Or, you can let him find his balance with time and care while maintaining forward. You're only closing the front door here and discouraging him from doing so.
- "He bolts." Do you want him to do a forward roll? Why is he bolting in the first place? To escape something, perchance?
- "He rears." Well, Captain ******, you now sail on the Fail-Boat.
- "I'm teaching her to go round." ...Don't even get me started. Read here, thank-you.
- "She won't listen to my hand." I wonder why. And you think increasing the hand aid will make her listen?
- "He's a stallion!" Okay...? And your point is...?
- "It tells him I'm the boss." You aren't the boss, you are his partner. And submission through harshness does not equal respect.
- Countless other reasons...
And, of course, I'd like to hear your opinions. I'd also like to hear stupid reasonings you've heard from people using them as well, to add a little entertainment to this thread! ~