Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
There are so many tools that are considered cruel or severe that are actually quite useful. The problem comes from uneducated hands and a misunderstanding about how to use them. It can be a trainer who may have years of experience but still doesn't know the proper use - only thinking that they do.
These types of aids are sold over the counter as a cure all and substitute for proper, time consuming, training to anyone with the money to buy them. The vast majority of purchasers have no real idea about how and when to apply them but they have seen others use them or saw a video, or read the instructions, etc.. Riders need to be trained not only to ride but to use any tool properly.
Have I ever used them? Many, many years ago, and I thought I knew how but I didn't and caused more problems then I already had. Today, I won't use anything unless I fully understand their use and weigh the benefits. Mostly I use nothing more then a snaffle and time.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.