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        09-20-2010, 11:29 PM
      #121
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    Less is relative. You think that less is less of a bit or no bit. I say less is less movement of my hand. Less contact on my horses b/c they can feel the movement of the bit with very little movement which refines the cue and makes it easier for them to understand what I want.
    I mean less equipment, specifically.
    On a completely unrelated note, your "I'm so busy" signature seriously cracked me up! I love it!
         
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        09-21-2010, 12:09 AM
      #122
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by BitlessForHappiness    
    I mean less equipment, specifically.

    The thing is that it does not matter what you put into your horses mouth. If you have to use more then a few oz. Of pressure then you are using too much.


    On a completely unrelated note, your "I'm so busy" signature seriously cracked me up! I love it!
    Thanks I like it too. Still do not know which it is though.
         
        09-21-2010, 12:14 AM
      #123
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    Thanks I like it too. Still do not know which it is though.
    I actually forgot where my saddle was the other day. I walked into the tack shed, walked out, walked back in, wondered what I went to get, looked for my saddle, asked my trainer, realized it was in the same place as always, and pulled out out. I totally know the space case horse days.
         
        09-21-2010, 01:19 PM
      #124
    Foal
    Horseback riding is like religion, the different sects being different training methods or disciplines. Everyone is so endowed to their view that sometimes it puts blinders on us and we are unable to see the value in other peoples view points. Personally I am new to the art of biting, I have always ridden my horses in a D-ring snaffle (or on my lazy days, a halter with reins attached lol). This has worked very well with the horses I have ridden, but I have always been intrigued by other methods. Bitless is not the end all. It is not the answer to all problems. It is also not something EVERYONE should try. Its an option, its a choice, not the only humane/correct option. I've ridden many horses and can name several off the top of my head that would fail miserably with a bitless option because of their dislike of facial and poll pressure. Conversely there are many horses that hate mouth pressure. The fact of the matter is that this thread has an extremely valid point in that harsh bits + harsh hands =harsh mouths and that you need to learn to ride with softness and treat the bit or lack there of as an aid, not the driving force behind riding. But the ideas that bitless is the best/only way to go is as foolish as saying that there's only one right religion for everyone in the world.

    Conversely, I will NEVER be ok with a halter with thumbtacks. That's completely unnecessary and foolish. I'm sure you're going for the shock value there, congrats, you got me.
         
        09-22-2010, 01:11 AM
      #125
    Foal
    Agreed. There isn't a "one way", but I stand by my opinions entirely.
    I believe your "thumbtack" comment was over my head....elaborate please?
         
        09-22-2010, 11:07 AM
      #126
    Foal
    Read the previous posts, there is some jackwagon that thinks a good option for competition and finesse is a halter with thumbtacks in it instead of a bridle with or without a bit
         
        09-22-2010, 10:05 PM
      #127
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by KDeHaven42    
    read the previous posts, there is some jackwagon that thinks a good option for competition and finesse is a halter with thumbtacks in it instead of a bridle with or without a bit
    Ah I did not see that. Well, frankly, if that's what works for them, I say go for it and let the judges decide what looks best in the ring.
         
        09-22-2010, 10:25 PM
      #128
    Trained
    Really? You are against bits but don't mind if someones pokes their horse in the face with thumbtacks instead?
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        09-22-2010, 10:26 PM
      #129
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by KDeHaven42    
    read the previous posts, there is some jackwagon that thinks a good option for competition and finesse is a halter with thumbtacks in it instead of a bridle with or without a bit
    Don't worry, that cluck (idiot) has since been banned for other reasons.
         
        09-22-2010, 11:24 PM
      #130
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    Really? You are against bits but don't mind if someones pokes their horse in the face with thumbtacks instead?
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    Good grief - that's what I was thinking!
         

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