It’s been quiet around here lately, but today I break the silence to say “WTF internet?”
This might be a complete joke of a video, but it is terrifying to know that someone, somewhere is probably doing this very thing right now to their horses.
If you can’t understand why this is problematic, you should not be working with horses. Period, end of story.
This week we did a video of Susan Jaccoma having some issues with her horse in the Prix St George, with its tongue hanging out the side of its mouth and some questionable blue tongue action.
And, what I discovered was that we have a lot of Susan Jaccoma fans that follow our YouTube channel. And a lot of people responded to me saying that she’s a light-handed Classicist. I’m not even sure that’s a word… but, as many of you know I actually had the opportunity to train and ride with Susan Jaccoma for about 18 months.
So, I wanted to show you one of the tips and tricks that I learned while riding with Susan Jaccoma, in how to become light-handed and still have a submissive horse when you’re dealing with a hot horse in, as many of these upper-level horses are.
This was one of the tips and tricks that I learned while I was riding with Susan Jaccoma.
Now, you are going to need a cavesson. Regular, old cavesson. You are going to need a curb chain. You can pick these up at any store for about ten dollars. And, some electrical tape.
So, the first thing that you’re going to do is that you want to attach one end of the curb chain, and you kind of want to center the curb chain over the nose for your horse. So once you get it kind of centered, you’re gonna attach one end of the curb chain to the cavesson using your electrical tape.
Now the key here is to use electrical tape, that way when somebody’s walking by or drives by on the road, it actually just looks like the cavesson. Tips and tricks.
So, if you’re at a private barn, maybe not electrical tape, but it’s easy to come off, um, and it kind of looks like the bridle.
Once you have one side of this chain fastened, you are going to decide how harsh you want this chain to be. And how, ultimately, submissive you want your horse to be. Now, this chain will work if you keep it flat among the horse’s nose, okay.
So, horses, if you look at some of the charts and diagrams on their noses, um, their olfactory senses are along their nose. And this is actually one of the most sensitive areas. So just by leaving the chain flat, as you can see in this here, it will work.
Now, if you want your horse to be extra super submissive, you’re gonna to add a couple of twists to this chain. So, we’re just gonna to do that, and what you see here is I’m gonna to fasten the other end of this chain, but, what you can see is how rough and bumpy that is going to be against your horse’s nose.
So, I’m just going to fasten the other side of this curb chain.
Now that you’ve both sides of this curb chain fastened, with the amount of severity that you want in the noseband, you’re actually going to cover up the rest of it. Just to provide, um, some stability for the chain so it stays under the noseband. And now, remember again, once it’s under there you’re gonna actually to do the noseband up super, super tight so the horse is submissive the entire time you’re riding, and you shouldn’t have to use much of the reins.
So I’m going to cover this entire thing up and show you what it looks like.
Alright, so from the front, this just looks like an entirely, you know, noseband maybe that needs repairs if you’re looking close up. But from afar, you’re actually not gonna to see that this noseband is any different than any other noseband that people would ride with. But underneath, if you look at how bumpy and rough that is, that is where your submission comes from.
Now, personally, I have actually never used this on a horse. And whether you want to or not, is entirely your choice.
But I do know that a lot of people were talking about, um, keeping it light-handed and submissive. So I wanted to show this trick with you because I learned it from Susan Jaccoma and nobody else in 30 years of riding horses has ever shown me this trick.
So, it’s up to you whether you want to use this or not. But be careful, know that your horse’s nose is sensitive.
Here’s the video mentioned of Susan Jaccoma that shows significant problems with the horse’s mouth:
Is this tip really from Susan Jaccoma?
Whether this is an actual trick taught to her by Susan Jaccoma is up for speculation.
That being said, I would not be surprised if it was true. I’ve been shown some pretty horrible tips and tricks from top trainers over the years, in the private setting of their own training facilities. Know that what’s presented to the public is often very different from what they practice at home.
What are your feelings on the accusation against Susan Jaccoma, and this “tip” in general?