smrobs, that quote you pulled out got me annoyed when I read it on the website too! I just thought 'ppffft! Bet that horse gets away with a lot'
I like the principle- train to be as quiet in your aids as possible, but the website just made me want to stay away from it.
Yes, the whole point of training a horse with any item of tack is to get the horse willing to do what you say and take your lead, with minimal pressure on your behalf. However, saying 'oh, he decided he didn't want to listen today so I wont make him' is pure dangerous. Like others have said- what happens when the horse bolts and decides he doesn't want to stop? And horses don't think rationally like we do. They don't think 'if I stop now, I wont run into the danger that could be infront' they think 'holy **** theres something scary behind me, RUN!'
I, personally, train my horse so she is always- not mostly- always going to listen to me.
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