Here's my point: I do not care if you use a bit ALL THE TIME but you SHOULD be able to control your horse without a bit at any given time. If you cannot, you and your horse do not have clear communication. If you rely on a bit to be able to ride, you shouldn't be riding.
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I don't think I have ever heard such a load of pompous crap
Who on earth do you think you are dictating like this?
Its obvious that you've never ridden a horse that's super fit and got some real 'go' in it over a complicated cross country course or you wouldn't be saying stuff like it.
There were loads of kids in my area - including me - who rode our ponies bareback in halters and stood up on their backs going along the road too. Its a rite of passage sort of thing. A lot of those ponies came from gypsy horse dealers - they weren't well trained, we weren't great riders and we all spent our fair share of time in hospital waiting rooms. Being able to ride in a rope halter proves absolutely nothing to me about how good someone is. Mostly we were just showing off. Kids do that a lot.
Before you do any more preaching about what negligent owners we are because you feel we have such gaps in our horses training you might try managing your property better since according to what of your other threads you have a horse there that is constantly pooing out worms. Now that is a serious probem which means all of your other horses are going to have the same worm burden - I'm amazed they even have the energy to go forwards. Its real easy to stop a horse in a rope halter if you are having to bang the sides out of it to make it go - basically you just stop kicking