(This is my last post, HAF) I was not mean to you. I was not rude. I wrote out my response as I would to anyone. In fact, I never made direct reference to your training or lack thereof. I simply stated that there are other factors that play a role in people thinking it's a bit problem when it's usually not, it's usually a problem with tack or training, and many people just jump to the conclusion that it's a bitting problem. But then people start spouting off that a horse that works without a bit is something special... I don't think so. I look at a horse and what it's doing. I don't immediately applaud the horse because it's working without a bit, there's so much more to it than just that. You're right, a lot of people are amazed at very little things... does that mean you should strive to have people wow at you when you know it's nothing to be proud of? I certainly hope not. Like I said, this whole bitless bridle thing is the latest craze, because it's "natural" and "natural" must be better right? No. It's the latest fad for people that don't want to huuuurt their poor hooorsie. Honestly, give me strength... bits are not evil. Sure there are some instances where bitless bridles are better.. like with children's ponies, it saves the horse's mouth.. I'd rather a kid haul on the reins to a bitless than to a bit. Some horses honestly cannot carry a bit, and that's all fine and dandy. BUT most horses that "don't like a bit" just don't have the proper training that has taught them to accept a bit and work well with it. A bit offers a lightness in cues that a bitless never will.
Also, edited to add... look at the reining and WP horses out there. (I'm referencing western horses for you Sonny and HAF, please PM me for the English side too) The best ones have absolutely NO contact. They work off leg and seat cues. And yet they carry a bit.. because they CAN work well with it. The bridle may as well not be there, but it is... the horses are in a bit, but there may as well not be
a bit.. but them HAVING a bit in their mouths doesn't make them travel hollow.
Go check out the best reiners in your area... go take a ride with a bridle and without.. there should be no difference.. and that's what wows me... when there's no difference in a horse when he's in a bit to when he's working without one. Hate to say it, but I'm not the one with a closed mind.
I can't find the video right now.. but this horse works EXACTLY THE SAME with a bit and without.
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That's something to wow at.