Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
If you can't control a horse in a mild bit, both YOU and the horse need training, not just the horse.
Generally speaking, most "problem horses" (99%) are "problem horses" due to improper riding and training - I.e. It's the rider's fault.
The last part is the truth.. "it's the riders fault" 99% of the problems out there are the riders fault, not the horse, not the lack of training but the RIDERS FAULT.
There are no bad horse, just bad riders.
Like I said earlier I ride problem horse and the runaways, the buckers, the barn sour horse etc etc all seem to disappear within minutes under the proper hands.
I have soft hands, very gentle hands but they can become mean if I don't get the response I want .
This is just an example.
If I wanted to teach you to duck and I taped you on the shoulder as a signal to duck how long would it take you until the proper response to a tap is to duck??
Now if I tapped you on the shoulder and then hit you over the head with a 2 x4 how long would it take you to learn to duck at the slightest tap on the shoulder???
No sometimes you have got to be rougher to get a soft horse and if you think it is through fear then you know nothing.
I do not hit horse except if they bite me and then it is whatever I have in my hands he gets in the chops.