Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
No one guides a horse (adjusts their speed and direction) by speaking their language. Not noticing a rider's cues isn't the same as a rider not giving them.
Some cues are easier for some horses to understand than others. My mare slows more instinctively and willingly to pressure on the poll than a snaffle bit or a bitless bridle. Others do not like poll pressure. And when she is calm, she will cheerfully stop based on how you sit. But if she thinks she is racing another horse, she will cheerfully give her rider the middle finger salute. THAT is natural!
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)
Last edited by bsms; 05-21-2013 at 12:43 PM.