agreed! She talks up a storm but says nothing.
If we all had the time and money to put into our ottb's and high-strung, unpredictable horses to get them to the point where they could ride 110% safe, sound, and completely reliable, in just a flippin rope around their necks down route 81, would a lot of us do it? Heck yea! But the fact of the matter is, we're perfectly fine riding our horses in tack that is safe, no matter how bombproof the horse is because, oh shocker, horses are never compleetely safe!
a lot of the horse world has 20, 30, 40 horses to train, and it's just not practical to sit and teach a horse to carry a rag around in his teeth while dancing around cones all day. We teach a horse to be a horse, not a pet dog that we teach stupid tricks to.
Wow, bits are abuse? really?
is it worth it to ride in a halter and leadrope and fall when your horse takes off and you can't stop him in your "non-abusive" tack? You land yourself in a hospital bed, while your horse runs blindly into barbed wire and cuts himself all up when you weren't on his back anymore to stop it. Non-abusive? Gimme a break.
Sorry for the rant, it just makes me so mad when people with no horse sense try to make people believe they do just so they can.........i'm stopping there.