If the term 'Mexican -style training' is offensive or incorrect, please correct me and I apologize. I am new to the southern California area and literally a hill away from Mexico. There are several ranches around the one I board at that have spanish cowboys that ride on the wildlife preserve that I ride on. I am just wondering what the technique is they use? While I am riding and trying to keep my horse relaxed, neck stretched and low and just trying to love my calm ride....they whiz by galloping. They have tie downs on their horses, the horses heads are high in the air, mouths open, whites of the eyes showing....they look frantic to me really....and the rider just keeps pushing and pushing. Am I crazy? Is this a technique for breaking horses or just bad riding?