Bandit was used in relay races. He was ridden in a bosal. His snaffle was only used as an emergency brake. Used harshly when needed, I suspect. They used him for the final leg. They said, "If he could SEE the horse ahead of him, he could BEAT the horse ahead of him. If he couldn't, then he would at least give it every ounce of strength he had!
" They traded me for Mia because they wanted a brood mare to improve their stock and felt she was competitive enough to breed horses who would push themselves
. Breed more Bandits.
A horse who is strong willed enough to seek to dominate their opponent may ignore his rider. Bandit is very independent. I like that but it means he has no problem with telling me where to stuff my instructions! It also means the horse who could often be ridden in a sidepull sometimes
needs something stronger.
Is that a training flaw? Or will I sometimes need to shout at Bandit because his blood is up? I think it is the second. I wouldn't respect Bandit if he wasn't willing to ignore me. And he wouldn't respect me if I gave in to him.
I'm a jogger, not a runner. I dislike running competitively. I've tried it though. At the start of a race, I'm tense. And I wouldn't run faster by being mentally relaxed. If you don't feel pain during the race, you are not pushing yourself hard enough. One coach told me a runner who doesn't collapse at the finish line hasn't done his best! I think the will to win, the will to push yourself into pain and dominate your opponent, won't respond well to whispers. A competitive runner HATES being second. We won't talk about even further back!
Stopping Bandit when he is galloping ahead of another horse usually
isn't a big deal. Stopping him when he's galloping BEHIND another horse is a whole different ballgame! That is a feature, not a flaw.
Warning: Foul language in the clip below.