Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Oak Hills CA, High Desert
• Horses: 0
Now, now, play nice!
So, the topic has switched to draw reins huh?
Ah, don't do those either...
Personally I don't approve of draw reins. So, I don't use them. Wouldn't use them...
I know many people use them, it is personal with me, I don't condem anyone. I just don't like to force a horse to place it's head in any position. I like natural. Whatever is comfy for the horse. If a horse doesn't have a headset that I like, I will look for a different horse, or a different breed... Just me.
LOL, maybe it's that 1/16 native american comming through! Hehe.
I know many people who use various methods, draw reins, harsh bits, over tight martingales, severe tie downs... I don't like to see it, but it is not my horse.
Several years ago I watched a beautiful WB doing dressage with draw reins. Horse was having trouble breathing they were so severe, finally toward the end of the performance, the horse collapsed dead. The article in the newspaper said the horse had suffered lack of oxygen to the brain and heart, consequentily heart had stopped. The rider had a concussion, shattered leg, and broken arm. (This was before helmets.) I realize this is not standard, but it really made an impression on me. The horse was only 6.