“Try riding my horse cross country in a snaffle. You’ll probably die” “Id love for you to hop on my horse and ride him over 3’ fences in a snaffle” You guys, its going to take much more than one ride to bit down a horse. Getting on your horse and doing what you usually do in a stronger bit, but in a snaffle will set yourself and your horse up for failure. What part of “careful re-training” do we not understand here? The same goes for transitioning to bitless riding. You cant always just hop on your horse one day without a bit and expect your horse to understand you perfectly. When people do that, those are the people that claim “I tried it once and my horse hates it” or “I tried it once and my horse took off with me”. Careful re-training implies teaching the horse exactly what you mean when you use the tool, and if that means starting on the ground or starting in a smaller space like a round pen, so be it. Whatever it takes to set your horse up for success. DO NOT just assume that anyone can just jump on your horse with less severe tack than what he’s used to and ride him like you always do.
You have killed me, you have killed me dead with the loveliness of your story. I am simultaneously jealous of you and your husband, completely swoony and willing to fight anything or anyone who would threaten it (not that anything would, you guys are obviously perfect for eachother). Thank you so much for your story, it was absolutely beautiful and made my day :)