Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I've read they are important. My gelding has gone several years without one, and the trainer who helped him doesn't use them on her horses either. I will say that some very experienced riders on this forum say they should be used, and I sure don't have the experience to disagree.
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)