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post #21 of 24 Old 01-21-2010, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Jubilee View Post
Of course, you are from the UK. I'm from the US. We invented western, lol. Around here it's hard find a good English barn.

I'll keep my eyes pealed and tell you if I find any other good ones.

You think so? I live in Florida and can't seem to find a Western barn to save my life! There are lots of racing operations, lots of polo operations, some breeding and some hunter/jumper outfits....but the only western oriented business I can find are the ones that are run out of someones backyard. Its so frustrating, lol. Maybe I'm just living in the wrong part of the country.
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post #22 of 24 Old 01-21-2010, 11:11 AM
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When I said it is hard to find an English barn "around here" I meant my corner of America, which is south-eastern Tennessee. I used to live up north and there the reverse was true, there were mostly English barns. It is different in every state.

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post #23 of 24 Old 01-21-2010, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by lesley_b View Post
I didn't know much about his methods until I started watching him on Welcome! - Horse Hero I'm not into NH much, too much buy this, buy that & I'm an english rider so I need my horses to wear competition legal tack & go on the bit! I'm impressed with Richard though, he talks a lot of common sense, there's no hard sell & his work intergrates really well with more traditional training methods.
That is a big problem with a lot of Natural Horsemanship methods. A lot of people push the whole "no bits" "little tack" stuff. That is a problem if you want to show. The truth is that there is nothing wrong with bits and tack if you use it properly and gently. I believe that a horse can be naturally trained and still use tack. There are exercises that can be done to gradually introduce a horse to tack and still abide to their natural forms of communication and learning.


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post #24 of 24 Old 01-21-2010, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
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If you want bits that don't really interfere or put on too much pressure, I'd just use a plain old, run-of-the-mill, snaffle! They're the only bit I use if I'm using my normal tack (rather than bareback pad and rope halter). But I suppose it's everyones choice what they use
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