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post #1 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Riding in a halter

Hi do any of you ever ride in a halter? sorry if this is a stupid question. i tried riding in a halter once. And it worked!
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post #2 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 02:13 PM
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That used to be the way I would ride most of the time. If I felt like riding, I'd snap a lead rope on one side, tie it on the other, and hop on. I could gallop with one of my horses with not even a halter or a pad. He was a great horse.
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 03:04 PM
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I sometimes ride in a flat halter when I'm lazy. Just snip the lead rope on either side and ride like a normal bridle. You don't have much stop and it's very easy to brace against, so I would only ride like that on a horse I was confident would stop in it. You turning also isn't as great as in a normal bridle, but depends heavily on the horse what kind of response you'll get.

I regularly ride in a rope halter. A slightly different beast. You don't ride a rope halter like you ride in a bit. If you know how to ride in one, most horses are pretty responsive. A rope halter is "harsher" than a flat halter.
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 04:04 PM
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Yeah I ride in halters all the time! Especially when I'm just messing around.
Actually, when I only have a short time to ride, I just bring a rope and string it around his neck and ride bridleless (a long-sleeved shirt works too! haha!) Since he's trained to neck rein, it's not much different. We can w/t/c like that. I did breeze him once like that but I had a hard time slowing him down so I only do that when I'm feeling a bit stupid

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post #5 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 04:10 PM
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My Arabian actually is better in just a halter and lead rope we used to jump 3 ft with just a halter and lead rope bareback. I miss it he's 25 now and was hurt over the summer he's just getting back into work, but I don't think I will ever get the chance to jump him bareback again with just the halter and lead rope. When I go down to the field to get him I always ride him back halter and lead though.
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 04:49 PM
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ill ride my gelding in a halter if im just having a lazy day. My friend jumps her mare bareback in just a halter and shes great! :)

My gelding and I after our lazy ride, we got lazier lol

my friend jumping her mare over a little jump in a halter

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post #7 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 04:57 PM
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Pharly and Shadow refuse to take bits so I ride with a hackamore or a halter. They are both very responsive in a halter.
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I often get very lazy. I like to utilize all tools available to me for my horses but sometimes I just get on in the halter and play. Selena in particular responds very well to one, but she is also a reiner that can go completely bridleless too.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 05:19 PM
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I ride in a rope halter often, my horse also does well in a mechanical hackamore, a sidepull, a cordeo or completely tackless, and we are currently doing a little of bitted training, just for the sake of skills. He was backed in a halter at the age of 4 and has always done great in it, as well as many, many other horses I know who have been started the same way. I love the feeling when you know you don't need any tack and can trust your horse the way he is. :)

And, as others are posting pictures, too...

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post #10 of 14 Old 11-11-2012, 06:23 PM
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I ride in halter a lot too. I think it's a good break from the bit for my horses and also a "test" of how efficient my leg aides are too!
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