Hey, suits me fine. More business for me and other folks like me LOL.
I bet Pokey would love this. His mentality toward humans is "Feed me and then leave me the hell alone
. Don't touch me, don't pet me, don't even look at me because I don't like you and I want you to go away."
The horse incidentally learns all his basic ground and riding cue/responses he will need before he ever experiences haltering or the oppositional pressure of restriction.
And to think, I've spent the last 20 years or so learning how to teach horses to give to pressure so that they can be ridden effectively when all I needed to do was sit indian style in the middle of his pasture and send happy thoughts his way
When will people figure out that horses don't need friends. They are herd animals and they need an alpha. If you don't fill those shoes, they will.