Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Thank you for the additional info, JDI. Very good points.
I dislike severe bits and flash nosebands, too. Control is all about correct training, not using harsh bits and clamping their mouths shut.
I use the softest, easiest bit available for my horses. Yes, even on my spooky, reactive Arab gelding. He responds more to my voice, seat and legs than he does to the bit, and that's the way it's supposed to work.
Using harsh equipment is the lazy/untrained person's way of controlling their animal, and it angers me.
There's no substitute for proper training, for both the rider and horse.
The purchase price is the least amount of money you'll ever pay concerning a horse. If you don't have the funds for proper training, that's as neglectful as not being able to feed them IMO. Unless they're only going to be pasture poufs, then proper training under saddle isn't a requirement.
Last edited by Speed Racer; 04-12-2010 at 12:09 PM.