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    01-02-2012, 03:07 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by aggiegirl14    
It's just a great feeling and something fun to work towards. I don't see what's not to get about it...
Well, not everybody in the world thinks alike, you know. And I have seen some Youtube of Stacy Westfall and I'm still not seeing the attraction. Maybe it's because I'm not 18 any more. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, just trying to understand what the value is. I don't ride western, and my particular riding goals don't have any place for that kind of thing. But you can go all Black Stallion if it turns you on, it's nothing to me.
     
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    01-02-2012, 03:25 PM
  #12
Showing
For me, it's not about the whole "OMG, it's such a wunnerful feeelin" to be able to ride tackless. I consider it a point of pride that my horses have the quality of training to allow me to do that.

For someone who truly "gets" it, it's not about showing off to your friends, it's not about bragging to anyone who will listen about how you can ride tackless, it is about knowing in your own mind that you have put the best training you can on a horse and he respects you enough and you trust him enough to drop bridle and ride off, or walk out into the pasture with nothing but a string, jump on, and ride him back to the barn.

I rarely ride tackless because I never truly have a reason to, but it is nice to know that if I walk 1/4 mile out into the pasture to visit with the horses and then suddenly decide that I want a ride back to the barn instead of having to walk but don't have a halter or bridle, I can and I don't have to worry about a runaway or getting bucked off because my horses are well trained.
     
    01-02-2012, 04:18 PM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by Rule of Reason    
Well, not everybody in the world thinks alike, you know. And I have seen some Youtube of Stacy Westfall and I'm still not seeing the attraction. Maybe it's because I'm not 18 any more. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, just trying to understand what the value is. I don't ride western, and my particular riding goals don't have any place for that kind of thing. But you can go all Black Stallion if it turns you on, it's nothing to me.

Smrobs explained it well, Rule, and to each their own. Just because some of us like to have the option does NOT mean that we have any intention of, as you say "going all Black Stallion". Frankly I find that offensive. Perhaps these aren't your goals, fine, find another thread to read then, as this shouldn;t interest you in the least. Just because I look at the Vistorias secret catalog does NOT mean I am thinking of going all "Heidi Klume" either, but I have a feeling that is what you may think. And, there is nothing wrong with people who want to ride like this, or, look like that!
     
    01-03-2012, 01:05 PM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by Rule of Reason    
Well, not everybody in the world thinks alike, you know. And I have seen some Youtube of Stacy Westfall and I'm still not seeing the attraction. Maybe it's because I'm not 18 any more. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with it, just trying to understand what the value is. I don't ride western, and my particular riding goals don't have any place for that kind of thing. But you can go all Black Stallion if it turns you on, it's nothing to me.
Western isn't the only discipline that can benefit from it and the value is that you get your horse to the point where they are so soft and responsive that you don't need reins to direct them. I can't really think of any discipline that doesn't put some sort of value on subtle cues, but what do I know? I've always noticed that competitors with more subtle cues do better in competitions. It's not about "going all Black Stallion." To me, it's about reaching a whole other level in my training and feeling accomplished and proud of that training. It's a new goal you can work towards on an already broke horse--something new.
     

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