So I have started working at a lovely barn helping the main trainer there break all of the 3 year olds on the property to saddle. The trainer has broken many horses (as have I), we are the same age (late twenties) however she is more of a western rider and I am definitely English. No problems there.
The problem is that all these horses are supposed to be broken for English showing/dressage and I have some real problems with the accepted training methods, one in particular:
As I was riding one of the green broken horses yesterday ( he has had less than six rides) I was working on basic walk-trot transitions, practicing bending and straightness at both gaits (mostly walk though). As I was doing this I was trying to encourage him to s-t-r-e-t-c-h his neck and reach for the bit as well as encouraging him to yield to leg contact by moving off my leg and onto the bit. This method means that they will not necessarily be 'in frame' straight away, however they will learn correctness of gaits and head carriage comes later, with training. So my problem is that I was told to quote "just give him loads of leg and a couple pops in the mouth, he knows he should have his head in". I was pretty horrified.
I don't know if this is a difference between western training and english (feel free to let me know either way) and this is an accepted training method in some circles? Also don't know what to do in terms of saying something to have the current training method changed (any suggestions here?). I am new to the barn so don't particularly want to come in throwing punches but I wouldn't DREAM of training any horse this way.
Sorry it is so long, thanks for reading.