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post #41 of 47 Old 10-11-2013, 07:44 PM
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One can't have good hands until one has an independent seat.
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post #42 of 47 Old 10-11-2013, 08:46 PM
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this looks like a help. im thinking of ordering one for my sisters birthday
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post #43 of 47 Old 10-11-2013, 08:49 PM
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Dr. Cook's bitless bridle. That's probably cheating from a trainer's point of view though.
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Be careful with Dr. Cook's: some horses have been known to abhor them. From what I've read, the crossing reins under the jaws don't offer a quick enough & clear enough release.
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post #45 of 47 Old 10-11-2013, 09:03 PM
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Be careful with Dr. Cook's: some horses have been known to abhor them. From what I've read, the crossing reins under the jaws don't offer a quick enough & clear enough release.
Mine were trained to them before I got them. Do often have to shake it out to loosen the squeeze on my big guy. I bet you could get into trouble with the bitless if the horse wasn't trained to it/didn't like it. They do keep their mouths soft for inexperienced or unbalanced riders (ashamedly like myself).
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One can't have good hands until one has an independent seat.
OMGosh totally sounds like my trainer!!
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post #47 of 47 Old 10-12-2013, 12:54 PM
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One can't have good hands until one has an independent seat.
Absolutely true. A child, in most cases does not have the physical maturity and/or balance to have an independent seat - so you do the best you can to spare the horse's mouth while the child grows and is able to do so.
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