On one hand, Anette, most of our riding is always and forever with the legs, but it would be very fair to say that with Mongolian horses, you have to manhandle with some force with the reins because they have virtually no training. The bridle is quite short so that the bit pulls hard on the mouth, all the time. I have to believe that with a bit of training this wouldn’t be necessary at all. But that’s not the culture here. The horses roam wild most of the time, are never stabled and so have be broken in every time you ride with rare exception. If you don’t have strong arms it would be well nigh impossible to ride these horses, especially right off the plains.
As for the video, she was a very sweet-natured tourist horse, and highly responsive to a light touch. The folks there pressed a whip into my hands against my better judgement so I had to ride one-handed to keep the damned thing out of her eyesight. I never used it. I ride left handed anyway so it was just fine.
When I got back from that canter and a longer two hour ride, I was put on the stables breeding stallion. He was a half wild bastard of a horse who had also been manhandled, but after about fifteen minutes of super light touch on his mouth he not only calmed right down but was highly responsive. I had a run on that animal that is one of the great highlights of my life.