I've done some riding in a halter before, and with my Aeron Mack riding halter on a couple of horses that I help take care of. The mustang was a dream using it, but he is usually a lot lighter than the Morgan/Arab/Something cross [Shooter] we've got. The mustang [Brown] I felt respects it a lot more, but also tends to respect leg and seat more [at least for me. But I think he tends to respect me more.]
The other, I've used a halter and the riding halter on, but he doesn't seem to like to listen to it well. He's pretty much everyone's school master and kind of is one of those horses that likes to be a challenge for all sorts of riders. I've worked with him the most. When I ride Shooter in a halter, he tends not to listen as sharply as he would with a bit. A lot of times I need to use a lot of leg just to make him move off the rail a few feet and back as a personal excercise for my leg work. He also doesn't tend to listen to my cues to halt. I always figured that it was because he was unused to bitless riding as to why he doesn't respond as quickly.
Shooter's one of those horses who is very lazy, and is very deeply ingrained in his ways. He's a festival horse, and has been "trained" in habits from our shows which are very hard to break him of because we keep enforcing them during our practices. >< Ex: he likes to cut straight down the list like he's jousting. Or he likes to stop at the end from our games on horse back as we sit and rest/wait for the start of the race. Also doesn't seem to care for the stage on the end either... bugger. He's a very smart boy, and knows very well when he can get away with stuff. I've worked with him for about... 3 years coming up four this summer. I'm wondering if he doesn't respect me, despite that during our ground work sessions he does exactly as I ask him to.
Anyway, I droned on. My questions are: Does he not respect the riding halter? Does he not respect me? What excercises can I use to help enforce respect for the riding halter?
Note: I only ride in the halter for recreational use and as a personal challenge. Mostly used for when I want a pleasure ride and for that, I usually ride the mustang. : p