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post #11 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 04:56 PM
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Never used them either. Can you neck rein with them?
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post #12 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 05:02 PM
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Well... Not very sure. If your horse is used to neck-rein when the rein touches the neck (sorry, I'm somewhat messy in explanation) then you can. I can turn my paint like that (but she's very sensitive). But I believe sidepull as well as bitless are not for neck-reining. I don't like the concept of bitless - to me sounds worse than bit.
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post #13 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 05:06 PM
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I've never personally used one, so I don't have much of an opinion. I'd like something you could neck rein in though. I'm sure something could be figured out.
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post #14 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 05:08 PM
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Personally I think that, even though he may ultimately be a safe horse, $800 is a lot of money for him - especially with the scars and lacerated tongue.

I go to the sales regularly and I'm afraid he would only bring about $100 or at best, $150 at a sale. Double that for a private sale and you have his value. At the last sale, there was a dead broke gelding, very flashy, registered with APHA, 12 years old, and ridden by a 10 year old. I know the seller so I know the horse was 100% sound and safe. He sold for $750 and was the second highest selling horse.

I don't know where in GA you are but there are a lot of horses out here that don't have the problems this one may have and for the same or less money.

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post #15 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 05:48 PM
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I think he is a bit sloppy on the pattern, he seems to not know his own feet. But I think that the rearing thing sounds like a one-time deal.
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post #16 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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iridehorses - I am outside Savannah, in a little podunk town called Glennville AKA Vidalia Onion Country LOL. I'm not too far from the Greenville area I believe. Any places you can recommend for me to look?

Thanks for the input everyone! I'm going to discuss everything with my husband about him tonight and possibly go out to see him some time this weekend or next week. I'm curious about seeing this scar on his tongue. I don't mind much having to ride him two-handed, I grew up riding English so it's habit to me and I also barrel raced (for fun of course) my old Arabian fully English - saddle, bridle, the all nine yards - and we ran courses with me riding two handed so it's not too big a deal to me.

Any idea where I can look up more info on hackamores/bitless bridles? I don't know a whole lot about hackamores except that they don't go in their mouths. LOL For almost 20 years with horses I'm amazed how much I can STILL learn. :)
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post #17 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 06:07 PM
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I used sidepull for while (before I switched them to the bit). On Equine Supplies, Horse Supplies, Horse Supply type "sidepull" in search field - it'll bring up 2 they have. I used more expensive one (but I additionally wrapped the rope with the vet-wrap to make it wider and softer).

Bitless bridles are rather expensive $150(?). You can just google it - Dr. Cook's bitless bridle will be on top.
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post #18 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 07:54 PM
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Maybe try a quick stop? They can be harsh in the wrong hands, but I know a few people who barrel race with them and they do very well.

I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.
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post #19 of 24 Old 04-29-2009, 08:01 PM
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He seems weirdly high in shoulder area O-o but otherwise seems like a nice project. I would barter the fur out of the price though, far to high for a horse with issues and scars (as correctable as those issues may be).

I waaay overpaid for both my three year old and my rescue. Honestly, don't be afraid to barter. You can get a pretty decent horse for $800, without scars.

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post #20 of 24 Old 05-13-2009, 07:44 PM
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Just a few things:
You can get a two hand hackmore.. Traveller has one:

He doesn't sound like he'd rear again, but if you decided you wanted to put a bit in his mouth, it does sound like it'd be a problem..
Also, he's a bit overpriced..
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