Sunday, January 17, 2010

Why Long-Shanked Bits on Icelandic Horses?

Someone tell me WHY people use the long-shanked "icelandic" bit with a jointed mouthpiece, on Icelandic Horses?

Are the horses so poorly trained that there is no way to control them but with pain?

Or are the horses mentally unable to be trained to ride in union with their rider, like other horse breeds?

I just don't understand why this type of noseband and others (flash, figure 8, grackle, leveller, etc.) need to be on an Icelandic Pony.

And to combine the severe bit with the severe noseband... I just don't get it!

What is wrong with the riders, or the trainers, or the horse, that it *needs* this type of equipment?