How do you ride with a halter?

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    08-30-2011, 11:38 PM
How do you ride with a halter?

i understand riding bareback and i've ridden that way but witha bridle. So how do you ride with a halter?
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    08-30-2011, 11:39 PM
You can tie lead ropes to the cheek cheek rings, or same idea with clip on reins.
    08-30-2011, 11:44 PM
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Yup. Halters are about the same thing as a sidepull hackamore. I believe that horses should be responsive with just a halter, but that could be just me. We started most of out horses with a halter or sidepull and graduated them to a snaffle if it was needed.

Plus, I find it easier to ride bareback with a halter cause you don't have to worry about popping your horse in the mouth if you're trying to find your balance. Or falling off.
    08-30-2011, 11:50 PM
If I'm riding in just a halter, it's generally when I'm bringing one up from pasture. If it's one of the younger\less broke ones, I will flip the rope to whichever side needs a bit of direction. The rest I just use leg.
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    08-31-2011, 12:12 AM

If they're light in the bridle and stays between the reins it's usually not too bad. I tie to the noseband of my halter. (for sale)
    08-31-2011, 11:25 AM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
If I'm riding in just a halter, it's generally when I'm bringing one up from pasture. If it's one of the younger\less broke ones, I will flip the rope to whichever side needs a bit of direction. The rest I just use leg.
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Same. Sometimes I get two leads and clip them to either sides of the halter, but most of the time, if I can't be bothered to find a bridle and need to get on one, I just flip the rope over one side of the neck.
    08-31-2011, 12:06 PM
I usually ride with the halter on and rein clips. I rarely use a bridle.
    08-31-2011, 09:02 PM
I simple throw the lead rope around her neck and tie it off to other the end. (at the clip) Though sometimes it unties itself while riding, and then (at anything faster than a slow trot) I can only turn left. =P

She moves off my leg mostly, but is much slower to respond to leg cues the faster the gate. - but I can totally ride her with just the lead rope, even untied. (Basically 'one rein.') So I continue my ride like nothing has happened if it does untie itself.
    09-01-2011, 08:55 PM
After experimenting with several methods, I have found that most straightforward and least faffy is to find two lead ropes, clip them to the sides of the halter, and tie them together with a double-fisherman's knot.

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