Originally Posted by oh vair oh
There's also a lot of misconceptions about the "peanut rolling" thing too. A lot of the horses that have really been bred for western pleasure automatically do that sort of thing. There have been several instances where I've had to actually work on getting my horse's head up, instead of down. :/ Just because a horse's head is on the ground doesn't mean it's unhappy. It might just be comfortable.
And I don't know what you mean by throwing "split reins" and "snaffles" in with a bad connotation? Those are fairly standard western equipment.
The one trainer that caught my eye, every time his horse even raised its head a inch, he popped him. Like everyone says on here, any hit can be harsh in the wrong hands. Well he was yanking so hard the horses mouth was wide open. I could almost swear it was bleeding!