I think breaking style depends on how the individual views the horse. Is it a tool or a friend. I think there are pros and cons to both. One method we used to use on trouble horses or ones that liked to buck was to put a lunge line on either side of a halter, saddle the horse up and with rider aboard lead the horse into a long pit full of water that was about 4 feet deep. There would be a person on either side holding the lunge lines to keep the horse centered in the pit as we walked it through. The water and mud took a lot of power from the horse and made it harder to act up. We mostly did this after they had acted up as a sort of punishment but also to be able to keep working with the horse with less chance of injury to horse or rider. It also tired them out to the point where they didn’t have the energy left to buck.
- This reply was modified 2 years ago by matt76.