Thenrie, thank you for your response. I always feel the censorship, even when no one says anything. Those who do say something have no fixes, only critism for the answers I have finally found. I worked with this boy for months before finally resigning myself.
I have been riding for 25 years, all types and kinds. Before this horse I had never worn spurs and my bit collection was every soft and kind creation I could find. None of those bits could get this boy to listen, even after he came fresh from the trainer. Without spurs, he became heavy on my leg within our first 30 mins ride back.
Merlot, you would NEVER find a mark in the mouth nor a hair on his side out of place, after my 3 hour ride with my boy.
I take offence to the mindset that hardware = abuse. My best mentors always drilled into me that any tool is only as cruel as the 'tool' using it.
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