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        08-12-2010, 05:15 PM

    Why do people ride with a halter under or over their bridle?
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        08-12-2010, 05:16 PM
    So they can tie the horse... atleast that's why I do it sometimes.
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        08-12-2010, 05:18 PM
    I don't like to tie by the bit because I have horses that yank and pull, so unless I'm competing I always ride with the halter under the bridle.
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        08-12-2010, 05:18 PM
    That's what I thought... But, I've seen people do it when just riding at my barn in the indoor arena. They just tack up, ride, and untack. There has been no tying that I have noticed...

    Also, I never have been in the situation where I have to tie my horse when I'm riding. But, he ground ties really well.
        08-12-2010, 05:25 PM
    The only time I've ever ridden with a halter is on trail rides, to tie them up... I have no idea why anyone in an indoor arena would need one, though.
        08-12-2010, 08:52 PM
    Hmm the only reason people I know ride with a halter under bridel is so the instructor can catch the horse if it runs away or somthin LOL
        08-12-2010, 08:59 PM
    I leave a halter on and carry a lead rope even when I don't plan on tying just in case something comes up, and I often stop at my sisters house down the road where my two young nieces are. They are two and four years old so having a halter and lead rope to lead the horse for them to ride is a must. It is pretty difficult to say no for a uncle when your nieces ask to ride.
        08-12-2010, 09:36 PM
    For us saddle up and go folks, not taking the halter off is just one less thing to do.
        08-12-2010, 09:53 PM
    Originally Posted by EmilyAndBalthamos    
    The only time I've ever ridden with a halter is on trail rides, to tie them up... I have no idea why anyone in an indoor arena would need one, though.
    You took the words out of my mouth.

    Are they using it as a tie down? I've seen a few people use a halter for that purpose. It isn't very effective though.
        08-12-2010, 09:57 PM
    I guess as Painthorsemares mentioned, one less thing to do!

    I would guess some people also have issues bridling and having a halter still on makes it easier.

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