For 2, someone said "tack is unnatural", yeees, so it is, and so is riding, and so are helmets.. we weren't born with hard hats on our heads So let the "naturalist" liberty folks crack their heads open. Hospitals aren't natural either
As a friend of mine jokes... "Naturalists don't shave, or even know what soap is... " Then again, that is just one attitude.
Yes, Liberty work is pretty for the eyes.. Dressage at liberty, jumping at liberty, that western video.; wooow... also all those many trainers like Honza Blaha and what not.. wow, all riding bridleless.. However, where are the helmets, and how many of us do have a horse who listens that well?
My babies love me, they come to me, they follow me. But I refuse to get on without a saddle or a bridle. My previous horse I used to ride bareback with a bridle or a halter. Another horse I worked with I refused to ride bareback (also because of her uneven gaits) but I did gallop full speed with a fluffy halter, and another time the Dr. Cook bridle, bitless. And imagine, where some people cannot ask that mare to stand still, I could stop her with a fluffy halter, from a full blown gallop, without hanging in the reigns for my life... however, that we did at home... trails - bit, bridle, sadle, HELMET!
All those people who claim that tack is unnatural and harmful, have never seen it be used properly. And a lot of people have been ruined, so to say, their minds damaged by listening to this kind of stuff. So then you hear "aaaaaw, poor horse, sports are horrible, they have such horrible bits, and spurs and what not.. " Somehow the same poor horse ridden with a complex bit and spurs can jump Grand Prix level for a few years and win... Whilst their backyard pony ridden in a halter continues to run head up with a hollowed back...........
Ok.. rant over.