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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
I guess my view of this practice has been colored by the type of people who use it in my area. Before coming to the forum I had NEVER seen this technique done correctly, and its a technique that everyone and their mother uses in my area. The mare that I've helped retrain and who is my go-to horse for ranch work is the result of poor technique with checking up (here it is calling tying around, though) and she was a MESS when we got her. Typically when its done here, the horse is bitted in a 6-8" curb and tied so that its nose is nearly touching the shoulder with no release, and it isn't just looped around the horn or to a rubber inner tube either. The horses I've seen undergoing the process have been left for an hour or more at a time and are usually soaked with sweat and shaking by the end. Corona (the mare) has scars in her mouth from it and won't ride in a curb because of it, and it took me a very long time to get her responsive to the bit and willing to take contact without blowing up because she only associated it with pain.
Seeing it described as on here though, with the head just slightly turned in, for no more than 20 minutes or so, under close supervision in a snaffle...I guess I can see how it could be of use for young horses, especially when its explained as the horse being able to release the pressure for itself. So I don't disagree with the method...IF someone knows what they're doing, and IF the horse can have substantial release when it does what it needs to do. Its not my method of choice though, just because I've seen how terribly wrong it can go in inexperienced hands, and I wouldn't trust myself to do it correctly.
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