Bailey great answer.
If I hit something, its my fault. I ride a strong horse and she knows what she's doing. If we hit something, its rider error...i pushed too hard, I didnt get off her face, I over corrected, I didnt pull her off.
I still pat my horse on the way out the arena because they still ran their hardest for me. The horse pulled their weight, I didnt pull mine. But I never take it out on my horse. Ever.
I do see many people doing just that though. Ripping on their horses mouths, smacking them with their whips and pulling back at the same time as they head out of the arena. Screaming at their horse. Its just stupid.
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