My Horse Forum
I don't want to take the brain chain thread of topic again, but I feel like this subject could discussed further and hopefully civilly.
So many here say it's not the bit but the person using it that makes it cruel. Which, I happen to agree with. But then other throw up the twisted wires are evil flag. Which, they can be. They can also be incredibly useful in the right hands. I have a couple twisted wires. I like them. I don't use them every ride, but as they are intended for, as a training tool.
Others say you should be able to ride every horse in just a snaffle. I say it depends. It depends on what you are trying to accomplish. What your discipline is. How your horse is trained. My three year old is still in a snaffle. She isn't ready to move up yet. In time, she will be. But not yet. I personally don't consider a horse finished in a snaffle. But thats because of how I ride and what I like to do. Every horse is different. My old cutting mare likes a medium port with...
I figured I'd start one of these as this is an especially fun project for me. I'll post every few days, and likely lots of pictures. I hope everyone who follows along finds it enjoyable and maybe learns something (or conversely, pipes in and I learn something!)
Maddy is a 7 year old Anglo Arabian who was started about 2 years ago. She has huge holes in her training, and part of the fun of this mare is figuring out what she doesn't know. In just a few days I've learned she:
Doesn't like her back legs being touched (hands or rope)
Loves to rear -- known but it's definitely her go to evasion
Runs off randomly, human attached or not
Hasn't been saddled much at all, evident by her terror when the saddle pad came over her back
Doesn't know what to do with a bit in her mouth, that's for sure
Doesn't know much about longing
Doesn't have ground manners
Fly Spray is scary
So what does this mare know?...
If they make the princesses skinny? There is outrage.
Disney Princesses 'Promote Negative Body Image' For Girls, Claims Study
And if they make the guy stocky/big/fat/whatever? There is outrage.
Disney depiction of obese Polynesian god in film Moana sparks anger
...Personally I think people need to stop putting so much stock in cartoon characters and leave artistic license alone.
As far as the princesses go? It's parents who allow create the body image issues, IMO. Not cartoons. Adults with poor relationships with food and/or body image issues create children with the same. I meet very few people with what I would consider good body images. We break the cycle. Not Disney.
'Spirit of History': House Democrats Hold Sit-In on Gun Control
Republicans whose campaigns are funded by the NRA want to "talk about it" some more.
Fifty years of talking about it isn't enough for you? Stalling muchly, huh? Don't want the NRA to stop funding your re-election?
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