Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
I used it twice, once for a gelding that was naturally stiff. I have never seen another like him, stiff as a board from day one. He tried to ignore the bit, resist it, fight it, any thing other than softening up. This technique worked wonders on him. The other time was with a very cantankerous filly. The first day the BO went into the stall, she came up curios, then lightning fast, wheeled around and kicked the BO in both knees. She was 4 months old. When she was first learning to carry a bit(and pretty much every other first in her life), she fought and fought and fought. It didn't matter which bit, or how gentle, or what you were asking her to do. By tying her around slightly, she was able to teach herself to give, and learn to stop fighting, in half an hour.
I don't think it needs to be done on all horses, and I personally would not do it without a full cheek snaffle on, no curbs. As has been mentioned, it has to be supervised, and the handler has to know what they are doing.