Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
I have a terrible temptation to post one of the videos by the anti-bit people, showing show jumpers and dressage riders getting in their horses mouth...but is it really needed? Does anyone really believe that rough hands are only found in western riders?
I'm not big on using bits to punish a horse, but plenty of folks would complain about ANY punishment. But if the horse knows what to do and how to do it, and just isn't doing it, then some form of punishment is appropriate. I promise you that my lead mare is MUCH stricter and MUCH harsher in handing out punishment than I am...or that rider was!
... Energy is an admirable thing, but the energy of stupidity seldom avails much..." - On Seats and Saddles (1868), Francis Dwyer, Major of Hussars (light cavalry)