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post #11 of 19 Old 01-22-2012, 01:24 AM
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I ridden my horses with just halters on a regular bases since the later part of the 70's when I gave up bits and worked cattle with reins attached to a halter. Quit working cattle in 85, but enjoy not having to deal with bits. Horses sure don't seem to mind :)
It's always fun watching people when you ride up (or by) with just a halter (like I did today). They're usually shocked to see someone riding with no bit and the horse is under control (like a bit really gives control :) ). Makes for questioin and answer time and good for meeting people :) . I do use two leads or clip on reins though so I have one on each side. If your horse is well trained for neck reining you don't need a halter. Just wrap a cord around it's neck and you can neck rein with that. But that does tend to really freek some people out when they see that so I won't advocate it except around home.
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-22-2012, 03:01 AM
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This is how I grew up riding. We boarded an old retired racehorse - T-Win. I would ride her (don't do this now!) barefoot and no helmet in my bathing suit with a halter and a lead-rope clipped on the right, underneath the neck. Direct rein/neck rein. It was the most beautiful time... the cool, dewy grass would tickle my feet. I got my homework done as fast as possible so I could ride. As I saw it, tacking up wasted riding time. For a 12/13 year old girl to be in love with horses instead of boys was a beautiful thing. Good memories.
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-23-2012, 09:45 AM
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Do it all the time if I am too lazy to get somewhere. And then, I realize how painful it is to try and get Rosie to stop. Her withers are a tad painful O.o She really sucks with the whole halter thing though. If she knows she doesn't have a bit in her mouth, good luck getting her head out of the grass. You can kick her all you want, she just pivots her body around her head so she can eat more XD

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post #14 of 19 Old 01-23-2012, 12:25 PM
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This is how I grew up riding. We boarded an old retired racehorse - T-Win. I would ride her (don't do this now!) barefoot and no helmet in my bathing suit with a halter and a lead-rope clipped on the right, underneath the neck. Direct rein/neck rein. It was the most beautiful time... the cool, dewy grass would tickle my feet. I got my homework done as fast as possible so I could ride. As I saw it, tacking up wasted riding time. For a 12/13 year old girl to be in love with horses instead of boys was a beautiful thing. Good memories.
Before the drought this summer, we would camp out at the lake and after riding the trails with everyone we would throw on bathingsuits after tending to the campsite and ride bareback/bridleless to the water and our horses loved to swim with us.
Please note. Do NOT go in the deep ON your horse, it is dangerous and they can drown.

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post #15 of 19 Old 01-23-2012, 12:35 PM
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Wanted to post yesterday, but wasn't possible from the ipod

I won't ride in a halter in lead if it's right after the winter break, and Indie and I are both getting back into the riding "groove" but during the summer and late autumn months when I ride out to the abandoned lots out behind the woods to harvest grass for Indie's supper, I like to just let her move around and graze as I gather the grass. So naturally it's much easier to just ride in a rope and halter so I don't have the bit to fuss with.



We've been doing it for years. All it takes is practice with seat and leg ques (I prefer vocal ques personally. You can tell we use them often because in almost every picture of us riding she has her ears to me listening LOL), I don't even use the rope... it's more there for a safety break than anything.
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-23-2012, 01:02 PM
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I love riding my horse in rope halter and leadrope :) He takes to it very nicely.

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-24-2012, 08:09 PM
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I have only ridden one horse in my life that neck reins. I did what your friends did with that horse.
Everyone else (and spooky horses) I tie the end of the lead on one nose buckle and clip the clip on the other side. Then I ride like I do in a bridle
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-25-2012, 08:17 AM
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I ride almost exclusively in a rope halter with a 12ft lead (really need a 10ft)

We do
Dressage training her to collect herself properly rather than just drop head,
Jumping re aligning my posture ATM
Trail UNLESS I HAVE STUDENTS ALONG most of our horses not used to trails
Bareback such cool feeling cantering on a floppy lead


Basically she's more relaxed she has no negative associations in a halter she does in a bridle


ETA we run a riding school and bridles are a big deal here the kids all ride in halters!
As for Ella all our babies are started in a halter ( often bareback one rein) she won't feel a bit till it's needed for competition

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post #19 of 19 Old 01-27-2012, 10:02 PM
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Yep, I ride with a halter all the time...Lol...


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