Originally Posted by TroubledTB
If you are truly revolutionary than you shouldn't need a following gained from bashing the competition, but by actions that prove your ideals. Some of the people did seem to show actions that proved the value of their technique, but I am not one sided as to speak of either as being a perfect discipline.
Very well said, I completely agree. Unfortunately though I think that this is a great marketing tactic to latch onto those insecure horse people who get the "nice, warm and fuzzy" feeling from watching this.
As far as the attack on English riding, I don't know if that was intentional...maybe the person who made the video rode English and didn't take into consideration that Western has just as many issues pertaining to bits as English -- there is no perfect discipline (haha although this video may argue otherwise). I've seen many cowboys break colts in curb bits, *shivers* it's reather morbid to watch the youngster dazed and confused as he's being spurred and yelled into submission.
I'm glad (well, and I knew) that I wasn't the only one who found this ridiculous, and roro I like your term "hippie horsemanship", very clever.
And smrobs, yes, experienced horse people know and understand that at times saddles and bits are absolutely necessary! ;)