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It truly amazes me, that 15 years after Parelli first introduced Natural Horsemanship to Australia, that in excess of 90% of horse handlers' that I see, still lead horses in the British traditional way. I call this 'Leading without Control'.
If you want to see the most out of control badly ground mannered horses, just spend a day at the Races. Incidentally, it is never the horse's fault. I call these horses 'Leg Climbers"
This style of leading horse by the 'Beard' as I call it, was inherited as I said, from the British establishment, Military and Mounted Police. Spread more widely via British Pony Club and perpetuated down through time in Australia by the Pony Club Movement of today.
Ground manners has a direct relationship to ridden behavior. Ignorant on the ground equals ignorant under saddle. Resistant and pushy on the ground has a direct connection to ignorance of the mind. Because you cannot teach a horses mouth a thing, because the mouth doesn't have a brain, ignorance of the mind will have a direct effect upon the mouth of a horse. Not only that, but the attitude that goes with an ignorant and pushy horse on the ground can often translate into other vices, all the way up to bucking people off.
So if you truly want to improve your horses and change your way of handling horses, for God sake influence your Pony Club and get it out of the 'Dark Ages' A word of warning though, do not throw away your Pony Club ridden traditions and get all religious about the Parelli ridden as I have seen people leave the Pony Club movement because they think they have to ride in rope halters all of the time. They cannot go to Pony Club as a result and this is sad.
For the complete teaching on this subject, go to 'LEADING A HORSE WITHOUT A FIGHT'