It is the tradition that all western style of horsemanship has evolved from, not just buckaroos. It is was what the reined cow horse shows came from. But it kinda got lost for awhile other than cowboying on the desert. Martin Blacks video is a good example of a bridle horse, did you ever see him pull on that horse? That is when you know when you have gotten there. You have a horse so light, working cattle on a fast pace and you can stay out of his way and not pull on him. Like martin said, the spade is not a leverage bit, it is a signal bit. If you have to pull on it, then you ain't ready to ride in it, because your riding it like a leverage bit. Also it can be hard to train a horse like that just cowboying on him a day or two a week. For me sometimes I get wrapped up in getting my cattle moved that I forget about my horsemanship. It takes a hell of a hand to make a good horse and cowboy good. And Martin is a good cowboy, he's been there and done that. He worked on the Winecup for almost 20 years. And for me, someone saying that I cowboy good is the biggest compliment any one could give me. But its one of those things that don't get thrown out very often. So being able to train a nice bridle horse, being able to handle it in a cowboying situation and get the job done makes is part of being a good cowboy. It would be no different than someone wanting to compete in top level dressage I guess.
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