Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Eastern Ontario
I probably laughed at this harder than I should have ...
I think, maybe, this all got blown out of proportion. I'm not sure if I completely agree with OP. Any tool in the wrong hand can be used incorrectly, unintentionally or not. I'm a strong believer of snaffle bits, and yeah, sometimes they can be used harshly, but they are typically a pretty soft bit. Some shows require horses to ride in a certain bit, whether you think it's a harsh one or not. For the love of the game. I ride all of my horses in D rings and O rings, and my gelding still gapes his mouth and pulls. I must be yanking on his mouth? No, he's avoiding the bit. To you it might look like a problem, but you're not the rider in this case, you don't know the whole story. Maybe the rider had a reason to "whack" his horse, maybe it just so happened the judges weren't looking at the time it happened. I don't know, you don't know, no one really does except for the rider. I'm going to assume from your post that you don't ride WP, you may correct me otherwise. Just because it's a different style of riding than you're used to, and doesn't seem right to you, doesn't make it wrong.
Thank you for feeding us years of lies. Thank you for the wars you left us to fight. Thank you for the world you ruined overnight. But we'll be fine, yeah we'll be fine.