Virtually all ‘sports’ reduce to martial analogues in some context, or have become culturally recognized as physical human art forms, portable to some reasonably objective set of standard criteria by which they may be judged more or less “ideal”, and thereby scored/ranked.? I presume you are more a fan of
You certainly can – in fact most horse owners are relatively novice.? This said, I might caution you against jumping into ownership too quickly.? Horses range from “free” to very expensive, but regardless, they cost the same to maintain – a recurring expense equal to a car payment more or
I will offer my opinion here, but this ends up being rather a subjective question, as there are several variables – not the least of which is “who’s doing the training?” For a novice learning to train horses, it is really more about “tractability” than trainability, right?? This to say:?
This depends on your philosophy and the style of equitation you are pursuing.? German style dressage is heavy – the pressure easily measured in pounds at lower levels, given certain assumptions in the training progression. Traditional American-style “Western” equitation (not Vaquero style) often uses no pressure – but forfeits consistent
For the same reason I drop the double bridle as soon as possible: ?this extra gear simply conceals otherwise glaring resistances and the incompleteness of the horse’s training. ?This is not to say I may not use a loose cavesson/noseband as a temporary aid with a horse en route to
In short, because I can. ?Eventually, I no longer need to rely on the snaffle to position the horse’s neck. ?As a Baucherist, I do not use “traction” on the bridoon to effect a fixed poll, because a poll that is “fixed”?as a result of being carried by the rider
Sure you will. ?Think of “Lifting the Neck” as merely Part 1 of the “Neck Control Continuum”. Our finished horse should be happy to travel in whatever frame we ask – from upright and highly collected, to dropped and extended – and with a vertical face in either position, should
If your horse is “above the bit”, the problem is you, plain and simple. “Above the bit” describes a scenario where the horse seeks to escape contact from your hands by raising his neck and head – generally assuming a stargazing profile with his face, and effecting perhaps a ‘ewe-neck’