...There are no bits, whips or other pain-inducing devices used, only love, bits of food and lots of scratches. To watch an amazing video of Blanco and I on the beach and learn more, visit...
Sorry, but you lost me when you described bits as "pain-inducing devices". I have a gelding who doesn't care what you put in his mouth. He just gets the job done, which is why his original owner (my roommate from college in the 70s) called him "Trooper".
My mare is much more particular, which is why I've gone thru a dozen or more bits trying to find the design that best works with her mouth & mind FOR COMMUNICATION. None of the bits were harsh or cruel. But each one functioned a little different, and I've gone thru quite a few trying to find which helps her to understand and calm the best. That's because she was a fearful horse, and we've been working hard since Nov 2011 on putting her thru basic training again, and then on my riding her out and convincing her that death doesn't lurk behind every trashcan or every bend in a wash.
"using methods that generate good feelings and trust, rather than submission through pressure and pain, so too can horses be taught in this way
If my amateur's methods - traditional methods, mostly, many of which have been learned from reading on HF and asking questions - were based on "submission through pressure and pain", then I would NOT have the "good feelings and trust" of my horses. But I do. Mia didn't stand there yesterday watching me pulling cactus spines out of her leg because of "submission through pressure and pain".
I have never 'bitted up' a horse, but plenty of good people have - and done correctly, they have had good results. That does not excuse the idiots or the cruel who do it wrong and torment a horse. A lot of horses have been ruined by the 'hugs and kisses' crowd, and a lot have been ruined by the 'cruel and abusive' crowd.
But for as long as horses have been around humans, there have been humans who worked with, understood and cared for their horses. The picture below was taken during World War 1, not far from the front lines. Army horse, army soldier, both trained the British Army way. Was the result "submission through pressure and pain"? I think not: