Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Even with a jockey and racehorse, I can't imagine you want to teach bracing by having hard hands. Sadly, I think racehorses bracing is just an end result of their handling. A horse can run without bracing. It is called keeping a light enough contact for ready control, but allowing the neck to stretch out and the horse to run.
I think teaching bracing could be very dangerous?? The jockey might lose side to side control as a result, as well as forward/back control.
How is this a good thing?