Re: Why is bad behaviour a sign of good riding?
Katz - That was a bit of an unexpected explosion! I am glad that your mare works for you, but iirc the original comment I made was I said the methods probably wouldn;t be adopted at a pro yard because of the time constraints, then it descended into all the rest. *Shrugs* I will continue to "bury my head" (incidentally, I'm a Miss, not a Mrs, think marriage is a bit outdated personally) as you put it, because I know what works for me and countless other riders. It's great that you have taken on a rescue, i have a lot of respect for people who take them on and really make something of them. I don;t think I "jumped down your throat," at least I don;t remember feeling enraged, but if it appeared that way I apologise. I thought we were debating the merits of various training systems and gadgets.
duskyteddy - Let's just cut to the heart of the matter here, you don't like me and frankly, I don;t like you. I find your tone rude and abrasive, to everyone that you view in opposition, not just me. As for the sarky and snide comments, some would say you make an art form out of them, since you deliver them at every potential opportunity. You should really invest in some lessons on diction, it might make you appear less condescending. You want to carry out a one woman crusade to eliminate competition, good for you. I do want to win rosettes, obviously that makes me a bad person, but that is why I pay a clean fortune to keep my horse. I work hard for the pleasure, and I won;t feel guilty for expecting results, anymore than I would feel guilty if I was a a parent expecting my kid to do some work in school.
To return to the original topic, use whatever bit, nose band, spur, training gadget or whatever that your horse requires. As I said before, the safety of the rider and the public are far too important.