I've just spent the last 3 days at Equidays, a horse event here in NZ. I've watched several practitioners starting horses or problem solving, and they all place a lot of emphasis on getting bend in the horses body. For safety and calming the horse, they say this is a basic, foundational skill that we should be practising with our horses right from day one. If the horse responds to your request to bend its body, or yield the hind quarter, then you can stop them bolting, rearing, bucking etc. However, after being a member of the Monty's online university for about 8mths now, I've realised that Monty doesn't seem to do any of this at all (apart from being a more advanced skill that is taught later as a leg yield). Is this because there is a reason not to? or simply that he hasn't found it to be necessary?