To each his own I geuss. I never used a stud chain on Pistol and I can't tell you how many people said he was dangerous, crazy, etc. In fact my trainer said that when she first met him about 7 years ago. He was 19 at the time. Ok, I geuss at 26 and still ornery enough to run you clean over, I suppose, just maybe, we might could call him crazy... Nope, can't do it. He's just ornery.
My 4 year old however, I use a chain on when I longe him at shows. He gets excited and he's big. My biggest fear is him getting away from me at the show, wich has happened. With the chain, I have more control over 1200 lbs of pure muscle.
But really, rant on. Because your right, it's your decision.
See, I think there is a right time and place for a chain, but constantly drilling me to put one on my own horse made me blow my top at long last I guess. He's not even that bad
, that's what gets me! Or maybe I'm just used to him?
I don't see him as dangerous...he has spirit but when you tell him to quit, he does. Yesterday he had an ATV towing a manure cart drive right under his nose and he didn't even flinch, was fine with all the other activity going on, doors slamming, children running around, dogs. Absolutely fine.
I feel a lot more chill about it now. That's what ranting generally does for ya.
dede - Yeah...it's good that you know your limits. :) Like anything we use on horses chains can be abusive but used correctly, they can be essential in some circumstances as well. When I first got Pickles I never walked him anywhere without a chain until I worked out some of his issues.