Originally Posted by Elizabethan87
I use a halter and lead rope around the property, but when I leave the property I'll use a fleece lined hackamore. I feel very strongly against the bit for pleasure riding. I have put my Myler Combination bit on him a handful of times when he was being a butt during training, but it's designed to use nose pressure unless a certain amount of pull on the reins is used. I agree with you 100%, trust is everything! If your horse trusts you, then you don't need a bit. When a owner feels that they must use metal in the mouth for pain to control their horse, that's not the horses fault. I don't do shows, so my question is: Why do they require a rider to have a bit? Just something I always wondered. And why were those 7 judges so confident you couldn't control your horse without metal in his mouth?? I'm glad you proved them wrong, go you!!!
I actually asked the 4h committee why riders had to have bits and they said it was for safety reasons. I gave them my two cents about bits being more damaging than a hackamore or bosal. ANY tool in the wrong person's hands is bad, but when you allow 10 year olds to use PORTED BITS and CORRECTION BITS, how is THAT for safety? I see kids and adults rip open their horse's mouths all the time. They say they don't tolerate abuse, but yet they can allow little kids to use correction bits with 10 inch shanks to yank on a horse's mouth and they can't allow an indian hackamore. It's a shame that SO MANY people depend on metal to work with their horses. At least I know that my horses have an owner who cares about their mouth and wants to have trust and respect. I want to be a partner with my horse, not a dictator.