Originally Posted by kevinshorses
There is also a large percentage of people that have no problem lying to themselves about thier horses actual performance in the halter because they think it makes them a better horseman if they ride in a halter. They are wrong.
I agree very much with that statement.
BUT I disagree
with the common consensus that most people like to just think
a horse does better in a halter when really it doesnt, that it just makes the rider feel like a "natural horseman" or something. I think that a good percentage of the time a horse can do just as good or excel in a halter or hackamore as with a bit but most people are stuck in the bit tradition, after all that is all a bit is, a popular tradition, same with a treed saddle and most other common items of tack and tools. I think often times a more traditional horseman will dismiss such "new" or "alternative" methods and tools as just that because they are not historically prevalent and are not what the person was taught or has learned as proper or worth while method and tools. Kinda a "well, if it just works don't change it" kind of perspective...