Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
One rein stops and pulley stops aren't competitors. They are BOTH good things to have in your bag of tricks when a horse is getting too wound up and spooky. If there is room to do a one rein stop, then you may not need a pulley stop. OTOH, in a narrow space, or if the horse is already in a full blown bolt, then the pulley stop can be pretty helpful. Both are better alternatives to increasing the harshness of the bit as a means of control.
I'm told a 12 year old girl owned Mia for a couple of months and then returned her (making it possible for me to buy her). Mia was so frightened of bits that I rode her for 2 years without one, and I'd GUESS the 12 year old tried using a harsher bit to get control. And it worked so well she returned the horse...