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BreakableRider 10-04-2013 11:57 PM

What the heck is this? Equi Smart Control
So this gadget was recently posted on another forum i'm a part of and I have never heard of this thing before.

Equi Smart Control (English) - YouTube

I'm sort on confused on how it works as they only show it from a distance while in use. It appears to be creating the action of a curb by the little rope shanks that attach to the reins? I dunno. I have no idea, it looks odd and sort of like a quick stop but for an English horse.

Has anyone here used one? What are they used for?

It didn't seem to do much good, on the flat all of the horses shown looked very sucked back behind the bit.

tinyliny 10-05-2013 12:24 AM

Such a device will require even better hands of the rider, in order to not constantly engage it by accident and make the horse worried about it. a horse that is jumping, who is worried about his face, won't jump as well as he could.

Also, I guess it might help young riders on hroses they cannot control, but why are they on such a horse in the first place? Shouldn't they be on a horse that is suited to their riding level? then, work up to the next level?

BreakableRider 10-05-2013 12:56 AM

My thought after viewing it again is that only experienced riders should use it so they don't accidentally do some damage but if you're experienced enough to use it you don't need a gadget in the first place.

From the looks of things, it looked to be always engaged? I'm with you though that if a kid needed it to control their pony they shouldn't be on that pony or horse in the first place.

sorral3 10-05-2013 08:33 PM

wow, another gimick to take the place of good training. Looks like this thing is adding a LOT of curb pressure, I can imagine screen horse tossing it's head alot with this thing, if not going vertical.

trailhorserider 10-06-2013 12:40 AM

The more and more I advance in my horsemanship experience, the more I think the Myler brothers have it right.......that when you have resistance from a horse you need to go with less tongue pressure (and less pressure in general) not more. I think too many "english" riders think they are being kind by riding in a snaffle and then they have to strap the horse's mouth shut to try to cover up the evasion. And riding with contact to boot. Western riders may ride with more bit, but at least it isn't "on" all the time.

I think if you have to strap your horse's mouth shut, either with a cavesson or the Equi Smart Control contraption, you should take it as a sign you are doing something wrong, not that the horse is doing something wrong.

Here is Myler's take on bit evasion:

To me, it was sort of an epiphany that ports are less severe than two and even 3 piece snaffles. And my horses can back that up.......I am now riding my two broke horses in a Myler #33 mouthpiece with HBT shanks and they do much, much, much better than they ever did in two or three piece jointed mouthpieces with or without leverage.

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