Oh yes, I get it : it's not about horses or horsemanship, it's about cattle!
You don't care about the horse, you just want to get back your cattle in the barn for the night!
I think I understand better and better :
- Why in europe we're better at biomecanics, but often riding uneducated horses.
- why your horses look like robots (I understand that's for security)
- why NH had so often appeared in the areas where vaquero's riding was the norm...
However the fact is that if you really want to know how well trained a horse is ask them to do something that requires some real work like working cattle. You will find the holes in your training real fast.
Again you are showing your ignorance about what you are looking at and THINK you know.
Come ride one of my horses. You will soon learn what it is like to ride a well bred well trained horse. No robot here. That would imply that you have to do nothing in order to ride them. Not so. If you do not know what you are doing you will never get them to move. Neighbor girl found that out a few years ago. She started out riding my stallion. He will pack anyone around. Yet put someone who knows what they are doing and you can go out and do anything with him from reining to cow work to roping. Now same kid on my Dun It mare. She is not a packer. You better know what you are doing and know how to cue her or she will not move. Not one muscles not one inch.