Originally Posted by equiniphile
See to me, that is the way I would expect a good western horse to respond in a regular curb bit.
Am I there myself? Not exactly, but I do think my Mustang is. He was a rope horse and all-around mountain trail horse and he was as light as butter when I got him. If I so much as flicked my wrist he would turn. It kind of led to a bit of confusion on his part I'm sure, because I am apparently not the rider his last owner was. But I'm sure that if a good western rider got on him he would be responding like butter again. He's kind of come down to my level.
But anyway, if no one said anything about spade bits or bridle horses or what-have-you, and I just watched the video without the sound, I would think that is the same stuff I see on RFDTV all the time. Reining and cowhorse stuff. (Which is actually what I think western riding SHOULD be, not all that western pleasure crud). I guess I am just trying to figure out what makes the spade bit so infatuating. I guess it's just a marker that you've arrived at a certain point in your horsemanship.