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Just saw that video recently going around and I still don't see the sense in this sort of "training technique", even as a WP trainer. If anyone can explain the mental and physical reasoning for trashing a horse's mouth in a positive light, then have at it.
Now I admit, if I have a horse who I have been working with softening for a few years and he gets stubborn on me or ducks his head, I might pull up on the inside rein a couple times to get his attention back. But this sort of stuff is just sad.
And the worst part is, everybody does it, but nobody ever comes out and says "to make a great futurity horse, you got to rip his mouth up and then rip his sides up". They sneak around the issue or hide in their training barns. Why don't more people come out and just call it like it is?
I apologize if this turns into a big flame fest. I actually really want to make a documentary when I graduate about the "inside world" of western horse showing, and what exactly is going on.