Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
No, I don't agree that equipment is secondary to a level of understanding raised by groundwork. I think equipment can be critical. Use the wrong bit and your horse may become a pissed off horse. Go bitless, and it may work great...or not.
I believe in training, which usually involves a habitual response to a cue inputted to the horse via some tack, repeated until it seems instinctive. I have a gelding who doesn't like me, but he is well trained and is obedient. My mare likes me fine, but she isn't well trained so her responses are a lot more problematic.
I do strongly agree that a horse might respond well to one bitless bridle, and hate another - just as they have different responses to different bits.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."