Last night was just one of the times when I was truly angered by the guy's ideas about training. One of the geldings I have out there is supposedly "half trained". The guy got some tack earlier yesterday and decided to tack up the horse just to see what he'd do. Ok, I guess there's no harm in that (it's not what I would do, but whatever). However, the bad part is when he brought the bit out. It was a very big, heavy, intense curb bit. I told him you don't start a horse in that sort of bit & I was trying to educate him about snaffles and all I got was the "I hate them broken bits, they're hard to shove into the horse's mouth!" and "Yeah but when that horse takes off you'll need to get his attention with this bit!".
This guy is the old cowboy type that "breaks" horses. Just a few of his methods:
-When the horse wakes up after being gelded, slap that saddle on him and ride the hair off him! He'll never buck you after that!
-Tie the horse's head up when you ride him, he can't buck with his head up!
I have tried explain to him the importance of groundwork to him, and that you may prevent a horse from bucking by tying his head up, but how're you going to get him soft & collected later on? I mean this guy is a nice guy, but his methods are wacked out. He's going to have to learn alot about riding if he's going to get on the horse I'm training for WP. And he is NOT going to be "breaking" and of my young ones. Period.
But anyway, I just think its crazy how many people go to mechanical devices to "fix" a problem. Like, how many cowboys do you see with tie downs on their horses, but their hands are at their shoulders, pulling the horse's head up? And there are millions of people who switch bits for the wrong reasons. I am by no means a "bits are cruel" horse person, but there are better ways to deal with a problem than getting a more harsh bit.