First, bits, what he likes what he hates.
Gag bridle with french link snaffle. Like.
Regular single link snaffle. Hate
Elevator bit. Like.
Peter: "Do you want to know a quick way to put way more strain on your horses joints when jumping?" Put your fat melon too far forward. I may be paraphrasing there :). Here is your melon on a stick.
Peter explaining how many joints are in one leg of a horse compared to ours. At one point he was using my leg as an example by touching my calf, knee and ankle. Honestly can't remember much of what he was saying because all I could think about is the fact that I had not shaved my legs...lol!
It was not easy to hold and that is just the weight of your head. Not to mention we are usually too far forward with our entire upper body. Which is putting approx. 500 lbs of added pressure upon impact to your horses joints and ligaments. No wonder there are so many injuries in sport horses. Paraphrasing again.
Onto whipping! Proper whips, a jocky whip.
If this is what you own "throw that thing in the bin!" as Peter said to one of the students in our lesson.
Item of appearal only!
The three ways to whip:
Wake up! to the shoulder.
Courage! Right behind your leg.
And rarely punishment. Quick and hard to the hind end. Above. He cautioned against whipping a horse that has stopped because it is scared. Saying this may eventually lead to falls if a horse, fearful of a whipping, may jump a fence when it was best to stop.
Me trying my hand at it.
Right after I hit myself in the leg and Peter saying "you probably deserved it more than your 'horse'!"
In the words of Rachel, "
Wake up? Courage? Punishment?
All of that led to this. Enjoy