Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds
While I understand and respect what you're saying, I believe in some circumstances the horse should not have a choice in the matter and that if the rider's not dumb or a novice, that their judgement is usually better than the horse's.
I understand what you're saying. However the horse always has a reason for doing what he does, it's just feedback to the rider. So it's up to the rider to not take the feedback personally (even though it might be personal lol) and fix it, but to never force it. That way the rider gains trust (if the horse is scared) or respect (if the horse is acting out of dominance).