Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Canberra Australia
Fair enough, but I would reiterate my original point; bits don’t, or at least shouldn’t, control horses. And, forgive me if Im wrong, but it appears you are making a judgement that a rope halter is more gentile on a horse than a bit; after all why, if you don’t think they are bad is it selfish to ride in a bit if you don’t have to? What is selfish about using a bit if you use it to communicate fine signals to a horse that is trained to understand them? And what the hell was your friend doing to break her/his bridle? Again, I don’t want to give you the idea that I'm judging you. Years ago I thought bits were just outright cruel and decided I'd only ride in a hackamore, to this day I count my lucky stars that I did think like that because it lead me to learn how to train horses in the californio style, but I'm also more than happy to admit that I was totally wrong about bits and that they are not cruel in and of themselves. And though, pound for pound I'd argue that a hackamore (rawhide bosal, mecate, headstall, fiodore) probably doesn’t have the potential to do as much damage as a bit, they can still be a nasty bit of work if one wanted to use one as such, as could a rope halter. If used properly what is selfish about riding with a bit?