Your horse may learn a bad habit from this.
the mechanical power of the lever bit
(curb bit) is drastically reduced
due to the angling between the reins and the horse's jaw. This is a good
place for the horse to get away from it.
In simple words, this is not only abusive to the horse, but also dangerous
to both the rider and the horse. You do not have to be a genius to simply
see it, but again the experience is unforgettable.
I have started more than a hundred
young horses in my life. In my younger days I was also so stupid that I
even rode in rodeos, on horses and bulls alike. However, you can rest
assured that if at anytime I would happen to sit on a horse that had
learned to do this (see pic on the left), I would simply dismount, excused
myself and leave, never looking back. Once the horse learns to yield
to the bit like this, you will never get it off the forehand.
You can click here to see what happens with horses that were trained via the Rollkur, where presumably a well trained horse only spooks and the rider completely looses control over the horse. That clip supports all of the above and it shows the incompetence of the riders at the "top" levels.
Click here to see more refusals in "dressage", which only support all the dressage articles on this site.
Edited by J. G. May 12th, 2006
Written by Ludvik K Stanek a.k.a Lee Stanek