The mid 80's as a teenager. Could ride an ex racehorse through streets with a peice of string.
I agree with a lot of their stuff, I just haven't made money from it.
Instead I have rehabilitated abused horses, and found them good homes.
The 2nd worst (breaks my heart the worst) Could not get near him, (touch his head, feet, bad enough rearer to go over. In a week I could catch him right away in a 2 acre paddock, and brush. A week later hooves (clean out) bridle,saddle and ride. Got him on cattlework, and he was magic.
RReared a couple of times, but twice he came over - when I first rode him - and 3 yrs later when we were helping put drought ridden cattle through our town, and he hated staying still. Both times I had time to get off the saddle.
I sat on his head. 4 yrs later he has never reared since - even after not being ridden for months!
He is a QTR Horse/ARAB X.
A lot of you (not all) Seem to have to Curb bits (so vicious), cross ties (can't control your horses?) and have to have Halters to catch them?
All you guys/gals are here on problem pages for help, of which I applaud you. But please!!! Treat your horse as a living/thinking and reactive being!
They are naturally free beings! Get to know your horse, know it doesn't like the hard bit, it doesn't like to be constrained so it can't move.
If I can get a previously untouchable horse to calling him in a 2 acre carrying saddle, and he canters up to me to be brushed etc, saddled without being tied up (and this is from yesterday ridden, or from last ride 6 months), then I think I do know something about Horses.
Please treat your horses as a soul with feelings?