|What is 1 unpopular horsey opinion you have?|
Okay, so, thinking of an opinion was really hard for me. I have a few, granted, but I couldn't think of one that y'all haven't heard me talk and talk about nonstop. You all know that I'm a natural horsemanship kind of person, I don't have anything against people who don't do it, but it's what works for me and my horse, and to me, there's just something about it that I love. It's helped me achieve a bond with my horse and I love almost everything about it. I've mixed lot of horsemanship styles together and I don't really follow a specific person because people are fallible and I disagree with certain things that certain popular trainers teach and believe in.
So, what's one of my unpopular horsey opinions? Let's go with bits. I could've gone with a variety of things like breaking a horse a certain way (I hate the word "break") or tricks or even George Morris but yeah, let's go with bits.
Y'all know that I ride in a hackamore, obviously. I could count the times I've used a bit on two hands, and I don't plan on starting to use one personally anytime soon after the whole trainer fiasco which I'm not going to get into here but let's just say...it got ugly and I had nothing to do with it/I developed a creepy stalker.
Anyways, moving on.
I'm in no way saying that I think bits are evil tools of pain, or that every horse should go bitless, or that any person who uses a bit must love torturing their horses because, A. Bits, as long as they are used correctly, can be WAY easier on a horse than a hackamore, and B. Some horses really do need bits, end of story. Hackamores can be just as mean as a bit if used incorrectly, which is why any person who hops on a horse, no matter what kind of tack is being used, should know what they are doing. I do think that bits are overused, and I am completely against bitting up in 99% of circumstances. Chances are, your horse does not need a severe bit to be tamer, it needs to be trained, gentled and be ridden with a better hand. I'm not even defending hackamores in this post, honestly.
My opinion is unpopular because bits are the popular thing to use and most people will probably get mad at me when I tell them why I don't like bits. Some horses are being bitted up when, if their rider would simply listen, they would see that what they need is to go bitless or be worked in a milder bit. Would we want a piece of metal in our mouths while someone who doesn't know what they are doing yanks and pulls?
Moral of the story, if you are going to use a bit, MAKE SURE IT FITS. MAKE SURE YOU KNOW HOW TO USE IT. And lastly, make sure your horse actually needs it.
And before I go, I'll say this to make everyone happy - don't use a hackamore if you don't know how to use it. Seriously. You are going to literally torture your horse in that horribly fitted hackamore. They can prevent the horse from being able to breathe if they don't fit well, among other things. Always, always, have a soft hand, no matter what type of hardware you choose for your horse. Even a halter and leadrope has the potential to hurt the horse if you are a maniac with it.
|Happy Red with his hackamore that fits properly and is used properly.|
|Happy Spirit in his Wonder Bit, that fits properly and is used properly.|
So, I guess my opinion is unpopular because I really am super strict with bits AND hacks. Don't just throw something random on your horse's head and "hope it fits" because no.