Re: Why is bad behaviour a sign of good riding?
my mare is very dominant and knows how big she is! when i firt started looking after her she would rear up just being lead out of the field, for no apparent reason. she hadnt been ridden in 2 years, since being backed at 5, and had barely been handled in that time either.
because of over harsh treatment for a few months when she was on loan with someone else (was at another yard, long story, got left at the yard im at, so i took her on), she was either really scared or got over defensive and boistrouse.
yes sometimes she is strong, but she is never nasty.
since july i have rebacked her very slowly, didnt even try to get on her for 6 weeks, just handled her every day. i always took precausions, leading her in a bridle with a lunge line and gloves, but never put a bit in her mouth other than a gentle snaffle. i do ride her with a martingale and neck strap as she tend to put her head up, and on rare occasion when she spooks she tends to rear up, so like to have sumthing to hold on to! because i have been gentle, she respects me for me, not because i have a massive bit in her mouth. if she is bargy i have to be very firm back, but with my body language and voice, not a very strong bit on a whip. when she is good she gets lots of praise, and the occasional treat.
sorry for the waffle, thouught i wd share my story about how more gentle methods and body language work. the other day she was being really bargy as she wanted to rush out to the field and i just put my arms up in the air and firmly said 'back' and she listened and took a few steps back, then said 'stand' she stands, and waits untill i tell her she can walk on, all in a snaffle bit, or sumtimes just a head collar.
some people seem to be pulling the horses neck in possition with loads of gadgeds, so they are in an 'outline' but not actually carrying themselves. then because they are so restricted in the front they dont go forward enoth, so they then use loads of leg, spurs and wips to get them moving forward. if i were then horse i wud deffinatly feel like bucking!