Re: Why is bad behaviour a sign of good riding?
Eva is based in the Netherlands but she has been a total inspiration to me, shes super helpful and shes fast becomming famous. She has acheieved incredible things in about 2 years!
If anyone wants anymore websites or vids I have lots of forums and things that are 'NH, NHE,CT etc etc training friendly and offer lots of advice and inspirational stuff.
Alagni!, some people are like that. Me and my friend have and do ride bareback with just a cordeo (A rope around the neck) you have just as much control as you would witha bridle as the horses are trained to respond to tugs and pressure. But so many people do not like to see anything other than the traditional methods and tack being used and automatically think that the horse could bolt etc, why would they?, in our vids my friends horse is shown cantering and even jumping in just a cordeo and actually jumped better when we took the bridle off :)have a look:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SD_EWXAlpsQ.
Don't ever take it personally, you and your horse are happy and that is what matters. If I was a horse I think I would be more willing to work with no restraints than being prodded along with spurs, with my head between my legs and my nose clamped down :( Its really good that you can critisise yourself and see what you were doing though, you should be really proud, so many people are in denial its nice to see a bit of honesty and I really respect you for your writing!
My mare Navara has been a project of mine for over a year, she had to be started from the beggining and would not even lead without planting and throwing her head up, or bolting when leading her, and even sudden panic attacks where she would go through fencing. Shes had consistant, gentle and fun handling since day one, I do not think anyone would have gotten as far as I have if they had have forced her, beaten her, or put her in gadgets, she can be highly explosive and needs to be treated as a bomb expert would if he had the future of planet earth in his hands.
I like to think of my handling to be as I would like my owner to be if I was a horse.
I offer mental stimilation, fun, and discipline, but never physically abuse, scream at, force into doing something that she is not 100% happy with. We have 10,000 more miles to go and the work into the saddle is going to take time too. I also only deal with problem horses, who are mentally damaged, neglected or 'misnamed' And I have found them to be the types that have been the best.
Good luck xx