Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
Yes, I can see where it would be mild, on a horse used to giving, but see absolutely no advantage over a GOOD metal bit, along with ahead stall, that helps to carry that bit, when the horse has not picked it up
Rawhide, also, once wet, can dry loosing it' smooth form or fit, and then there is the diameter versus severity.
I guess what I find all too often, is the idea if the first nations used some equipment, it was somehow more 'natural, more humane' and that they all had very gentle horse training and riding techniques, and history disproves that view!
There were some very harsh training methods use, and I for one, would never put one of those Indian saddles, seen in museums on any of my horses!
Frankly, I don't get why one would wish to use such a bridle. Either it has to be tight around the lower jaw, or the rider can never ride with a loose rein.
Sometimes, old and the past is not always better!