He was pulling back with full force...jerking on both sides. You keep your opinion, and I'll have mine. I'm just surprised that horse let him stay seated.
Ok, and did you see before and after this 70 seconds? Do you ever correct your horse(s) or are they perfect butterfly and rainbow unicorns of some sort?
As much as you may think otherwise, there are times when horses need more pressure than some people are comfortable with. Again, I would ask you to watch how rough they are with each other, and rethink. We are 10% of their weight, on average. I can also say that, after talking to 4 people I personally know who were at that show (trainer and his assistants) who had riders competing with this rider-it was so memorable on the "abuse" scale they had no clue who I was talking about. Had this guy been actually doing something inappropriate, he would have been turned in at that show-not a MONTH later, on youboob. Take a look sometime at the suspended members list of the NRHA (the governing organization for this show), as NRHA has mentioned. It is an extensive list, and they do NOT take ACTUAL cause lightly. This WAS NOT actual abuse.
I also had a "moment" with mine last week, as we all have, and I will guarantee you that some unknowing person would have gasped. Did it correct a stubborn horse and get him to do what he knows? Yes. Will it possibly keep him from his "testy" behavior in the future? I sure hope so. We all have this moments that we have to get their attention and respect or we stand to be a stain in the arena. Period.
Oh-and I did have to back it up with a yank-I do not take that lightly, but sometimes you have to to get their attention and get them to do what they know how, but are being too distracted or stubborn to do.
Oh-and we all misspell, to correct spelling is just picky and being argumentative. You knew what was meant, right? So let it go, unless you are perfect.