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    12-13-2008, 09:11 PM
  #11
Showing
OK, I just say the video of crow on the other thread. He is beautiful. Maybe you could find some very light weight aluminum chain. They would be really shiny and accentuate his beautiful legs. :P I understand not being into plastics.
     
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    12-13-2008, 09:17 PM
  #12
Weanling
Putting chains or "bracelets" on a horse's leg won't hurt him (if they are used correctly). They just add a little "oomph" and height to the stride. Soring is completely different, and inhumane.

You can also put kicking chains on your horse if he kicks in his stall. They make a loud noise when they hit the wall and also annoy your horse's leg when they hit him.

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I refuse to start bandaging them like some dressage person
Not all dressage people bandage, and those who do *usually* have a reason! Polos help protect a horses legs when he is doing lateral work. A horse who is new to lateral work is especially likely to knock himself as he is learning.

Personally I enjoy seeing a horse with as little gear as possible!
     
    12-13-2008, 09:34 PM
  #13
Zab
Yearling
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Originally Posted by BeauReba    
Putting chains or "bracelets" on a horse's leg won't hurt him (if they are used correctly). They just add a little "oomph" and height to the stride. Soring is completely different, and inhumane.

You can also put kicking chains on your horse if he kicks in his stall. They make a loud noise when they hit the wall and also annoy your horse's leg when they hit him.


Not all dressage people bandage, and those who do *usually* have a reason! Polos help protect a horses legs when he is doing lateral work. A horse who is new to lateral work is especially likely to knock himself as he is learning.

Personally I enjoy seeing a horse with as little gear as possible!
I'm used to the dressage world and know about the bandaging :P I think white bandages can look nice, but not on my horse ;) And I don't buy any of the explanations to the use of bandages; I'm not sure what polowraps are? But I'm only talking about normal bandaging, often with white wraps and fleece you know? :) A little piece of cloth can't support the bones or tendons in a horseleg compared to the force when it hits the ground (over a ton in trot) and there are other, more effective protection to use if the horse risks ti hit himself :P
But I don't mind them, they just would look awful with the kind of tack I have and I'm mainly concerned for decoration now, and just a little for his leg movements. But I do suspect he'll just get used to any bracelet I'd be willing to give him anyway :P
     
    12-13-2008, 09:37 PM
  #14
Zab
Yearling
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
OK, I just say the video of crow on the other thread. He is beautiful. Maybe you could find some very light weight aluminum chain. They would be really shiny and accentuate his beautiful legs. :P I understand not being into plastics.
Thank you! :)

I have a thin aluminium/steel chain, I think I'll sew it onto a piece of leather, with a silver colored buckle ;) and see how it would look on him. It won't weigh more than my own watch and I don't have to worry about the chain hitting him or nagging his sensetive hairs or anything.. leather just feels nicer by some reason. X) It might be too broad to have below the pastern tho.
     
    12-13-2008, 09:40 PM
  #15
Zab
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove    
I wish people would just not do that *Sigh*
I hope you're referring to soring, and not to me wanting to put decorations on my horses legs? :/
     
    12-13-2008, 09:44 PM
  #16
Showing
I think it will look great, I want pix!!!! I'm jealous that you have such a pretty black horse.
     
    12-13-2008, 09:48 PM
  #17
Started
The chains are there to make the horse try to step out of them. They don't hurt the horse, and the noise and jingle help the horse learn to time himself a bit better.
     
    12-13-2008, 09:50 PM
  #18
Zab
Yearling
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I think it will look great, I want pix!!!! I'm jealous that you have such a pretty black horse.

Unless my trainer theathens to kill me xD sure, there will be pictures :P I don't know when tho since he's not here :P
(tho he's bay/brown.. only looks a bit blackish in winter x) )
     
    12-13-2008, 10:01 PM
  #19
Started
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Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
The chains are there to make the horse try to step out of them. They don't hurt the horse, and the noise and jingle help the horse learn to time himself a bit better.
That's it
I had been trying to remember that all this time (given it's late and my brain is off )
     
    12-14-2008, 07:51 AM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Zab    
I hope you're referring to soring, and not to me wanting to put decorations on my horses legs? :/
I think what you are wanting are "rhythm beads"

Rhythm Beads! Horse Tack and Supplies!

While the ones on this link go around the neck, it is really easy to make your own and make them for the legs.

Sleigh horses wore them originally.

Folks say the rhythm beads do help the horse keep cadence.

I tried them once on one of my horses and he did his best dip and spin ever when he saw the neighbor's red pickup truck come around the hairpin curve on our road because he couldn't hear the truck for the rhythm beads.

When making your own, you just have to make sure that:'

1. The bells are spaced equally apart on both sides of the leather you attach them to.

2. If you use different sized bells, be sure the sizes are spaced equally on both sides of the leather.

Hope this helps.

Personally, I would not use chains "just for decoration". I'm guessing you would see many folks take your use of those chains in the wrong context which would, in turn, upset you and cause you to have to do much un-needed explaining -------it's not worth it JMHO
     

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