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post #121 of 127 Old 12-18-2011, 11:57 PM
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Understandable.....but she's not one I have to pull on.
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post #122 of 127 Old 12-19-2011, 12:12 AM
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Why?

I've never had any trouble. I have to buy gag cheek headstalls bc of my mares petite head....don't come in brow bands.
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I'm not talking about the snaffle pulling through the mouth....just the whole bridle can come off!

With a snaffle bit, as you pull back on the reins, the bit pulls back in the mouth, which loosens the headstall on the face. You have the opposite effect with a curb, which actually tightens the headstall behind the ears when rein pressure is applied. Or they can shake the bridle right off.

But if you have a throatlatch, it keeps the headstall from slipping over the ears.

Read more: One ear headstall with snaffle bit - will it work?
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post #123 of 127 Old 12-19-2011, 12:21 AM
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Yea....I've heard this before.

Luckily I don't do alot of pulling or turning in her. Yarn works ;)
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post #124 of 127 Old 12-19-2011, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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My gelding has ran his entire life in a one eared headstall. I've never had a problem either.

I did have my bridle break once, but that was actually a full browbanded bridle. My friends called it my "Charmayne James Manuever" because I did the exact same thing that happened with her and Scamper, came into the alley, my stud slammed his head against a wall, knocked off a chicago screw and....Well, let's just say it wasn't our most beautiful performance.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #125 of 127 Old 12-20-2011, 06:21 PM
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^you ran a stud? How old are you?
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post #126 of 127 Old 12-20-2011, 07:00 PM
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I have watched a horse walking on a loose rein suck the bit up in her mouth making the headstall rise and the whole thing just fell off... was interesting . Im not completely sure how the mare accomplished it but she did. Luckily she stopped and let her owner step off.
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post #127 of 127 Old 12-20-2011, 08:52 PM Thread Starter
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1RedHorse - I was fifteen. I ran Jester at a friend's barn because he'd never been in an alley before. There isn't a rule about it there because it wasn't actually a competition.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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