Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I ride my horse in "gadgets" because it more or less completes the look. We ride english, and her bridle is complete with a correctly adjusted noseband and flash, I can fit two fingers between the straps and her face. We also ride with a breast plate because her long back causes the saddle to slide, and it looks good. And I ride with spurs and occasionally a whip, not that she can't be ridden without them, but I usually ride with my calf and legs more than my heels, so she only gets spurred when she's being unusually obstinate about moving off my leg.
And like ThatNinjaHorse said, most gadgets, when used properly, help encourage a certain behavior, but they aren't supposed to be used forever, but rather to teach the horse something and then take it away. It's sad to see so much equipment abused, and especially sad to see the horses with all sorts of crap on them because "they need it".
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."