So the idea behind the "complete balance training system" is that the horse gets a powerful jerk in the mouth with every step he takes. I say 'powerful' because the pulling force comes from the movement of his hips and hind legs instead of from the rider's hands like it would normally do if you were riding with poor hands. Except that now the poor hands have increased tenfold in strength and he's forced to submit to them or have his teeth knocked out. It's not a good thing. It won't teach him to feel of you as a rider, or teach him light and athletic movements undersaddle. Quite the opposite, in fact. If you want those things, you have to learn how to ride and use your hands and feet properly. I'm not saying that I do or that I'm right, but for me I enjoy the challenge of learning to ride a horse. If I felt like I had to get things done with some gimmick that hurt the horse or not at all I think I'd have quit horses by now. Unless you've got a paycheck riding on getting this done now, then I guess do what you've gotta do.
Edited to add: I understand your frustration and that you want to do the best job you can do. I'm not trying to put down your efforts, just railing against that particular device. Not the first time I've seen it but I wish it were the last!
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Last edited by Ian McDonald; 06-24-2014 at 12:13 PM.