Originally Posted by JustDressageIt View Post
I disagree. The right TRAINING will transform a good rider into a great rider. A good rider will never become a great rider due to a bit.
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No piece of equipment will transform a rider. Hell, no horse will make a terrible rider a good rider without a great deal of effort.
Put a novice on Totilas and I can assure you, they would be off very, very quickly.
Training is what makes a rider, some riders chose to take shortcuts, there are gadgets for EVERYTHING, can't get your horse on the bit? Just stick some draw reins on it. How has a stiff back so carries their tail high? Just pop a false tail with weights on it, problem solved.
I see bits in the same light, oh your horse pulls against a snaffle? Stick a twisted wire bit on it, easy as, horse is now too scared to pull against you in fear of having its tongue cut off.
A good rider, does not need fancy gadgets and bits to be a good rider.
I love watching Hubertus Schmidt train, because he trains in a snaffle. *gasp* an internationally competitive Grand Prix rider, on an internationally competitive Grand Prix horse... in a snaffle.... uh-ma-zing