Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Alberta, Canada
The problem is that these yearlings are not being trained normal, benificial things. Instead of properly halter breaking, teaching them to give to pressure, trust a handler and go where they are told, like any other breed, instead these yearlings have minimal handling, then a bit slapped in their mouth and yanked around. I've been at the sales and watched $10,000 + yearlings flipping over backwards rather than lead into the sale ring, young colts dragging their handlers down the halls, slamming themselves into stalls and other horses.
There is absolutely NO reason these horses need to be led bitted. They need to be trained properly. I work with ottb's and yearling thoroughbreds, I have never felt the need to put any sort of bit on to lead even the most high strung. It is expected in the industry, but to me it's often unnessesary at best and potentially a poor bandaid solution that can damage a mouth and create bad habits.
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