Originally Posted by Spirithorse
Using a bigger and harsher bit isn't going to solve anything. It's a quick fix and it's just using force, not communication and foundation work.
Who cares how it is done as long as the horse learns who is master. As for a quick fix? What is wrong with that. I have broken a few run aways for people ready to send them to the meat market. I do the quick fix with the curb bit and the people end up keeping the horse??
Who cares again about communication when the horse is running away with you? The only communication I want is a dead stop NOW.
Problems are caused by people with an attidute of reasoning with a horse instead of saying "this is the way it is going to be so get use to it"
I ride with gentle people, I see them in all the boarding barns and I see problems created by these people and when it reaches a boiling point people like me are called in and we fix it and being gentle all the time, reasoning all the time is not going to do it.
Going back to fundimentals at a time of stress is not doing dick.
Pick a bigger more aggressive bit and when the horse runs, yell WHOA, brace yourself and let him have it with all you got.
He will learn quickly that he can not run through you and the word WHOA means something.
To be soft first you have to be hard.