Originally Posted by toto
I think of it more as a disciplinary thing- they should know better than to unseat a rider or stop in their tracks to graze- at a halt waiting on trailriders to catch up or taking a break I will let them graze- I sometimes go out in a halter and have no problems with grazing since I let them graze- they don't get to make that decision I make it for them as the leader.
When I ride a horse that's got issues with stopping to graze I just don't let them and it kind of stops that problem.
I agree with there being an time where its OK and a time where its not- that's up to rider not horse- that's where all horse respect issues happen- riders letting horses get away with what they want when they want instead of making calling the shots.
My horses are my transportation around the hood. Sometimes, we ride over and visit the neighbor with the llamas. Sometimes we visit the nice lady with the herding dogs that bark and bark. As we ride and visit. We also stop and pick up garbage, get the mail (on horseback!) and other fun chores. My horses know when we are working and moving, and when we are stopped and they are on a break. Then, they can graze. As soon as I shift my weight to move off, they are already lifting their head and moving.
My friend's horse has a problem with eating when he should not, so he is not allowed to unless I tell him its okay.
I think it depends on what you do with your horse, and what you need from them at that moment. As long as they respond properly, they get the privilege.