Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
You are becoming a good horseman. You got through the first part, which is realizing our shortcomings and lack of "knowing it all" to wanting learn more and different ways. Believe me, it only gets better from here on, you gain way more tools in your "horsemanship" toolbox. As for the tie down, the only time I found it beneficial is for a horse that likes to brace on something when running barrels, games, etc. Rest of the time, I found it quite useless & almost a hinderance to applying correct aids (eg-hand, seat, legs, weight). Since you keep it very loose anyways, dispense with it, doesn't sound like you need it anyways.