Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: I live in that card board box you pass by every day on your way to work.
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Now, now folks...let try to be civil towards each other.
Kevin, you are often right on several subjects. I agree with you for the most part on this one as well. I'm not an enthusiast of tiedowns, but use one. Not, because I NEED one, but because the horse that I purchased was taught how to run in one. As said before, he will be weaned away from it. Because he runs in one doesnt mean he's unproperly trained.
This is a horse who can go around like a reiner, roll back like a cutter, and collect up like a pleasure horse. He can counter arc at any gait and I can isolate any part of his body. He is, on all counts, a VERY well trained horse. Far better trained than most barrel horses out there.
As far as a tiedown covering the rider's lack of supple hands...well that's not true in all cases either.
So, there are always going to be instances where the "If you use a tiedown, you can't ride properly/have bad hands/have a badly trained horse" mindset.
To those that throw them on to avoid getting hit in the nose... it's a way of avoiding the problem and is plain and simply THE WRONG WAY TO USE THEM. That'll all there is to it.
Because it isnt the purpose...doesnt mean that people will stop using them. People will do what they wish.
So no need to get into an oober heated arguement or start to degrade or insult people that you don't know.
I'll play devil's advocate here.