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post #1 of 23 Old 05-01-2011, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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How should the chain be?

How should the chain on the lead rope be set on the halter during halter classes? Pictures would be helpful, or you might completely lose me :)

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post #2 of 23 Old 05-02-2011, 08:29 AM
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The basic chain setup, for either stock breeds or basic English disciplines/breeds shown in a halter, is fairly simple. I'll break it down into short steps to try to keep it simple and clear.

Standing on the near side, thread the chain clip through the side ring near the muzzle (the ring that you would snap a crosstie to). You're bringing the clip in from the outside - think hitting the bullseye on the horse's face inside the ring.

Next, take the snap and run it either over or under the horse's nose. That's a judgement call on your part, whatever your horse is more comfortable with. I prefer under the jaw, personally. I know people who go over the nose because under the jaw upsets the horse and send him/her up.

Now, move to the off-side of the horse, and bring the clip out from inside of the corresponding "cross-tie" ring on that side. To review, as you're looking head-on at the horse, you should now have the chain coming in from the right, either down under the jaw or up over the nose, and out to the left.

Next, still on the off side, you're going to snap the clip to the upper side-ring of the halter to secure it. If your chain is still hanging more than 3 inches from the "starting point" on the near side, you're going to take up that slack on the off side by threading the clip through the upper ring (come out from inside). If you need to take the slack up this way, you'll need to secure the chain by clipping to it midway down its length

I hope these pics are helpful to you. Sorry about the size...

Focus on the front exhibitor (1043) - this is a good example of the over-nose configuration. Her halter could be slightly better fitted to the horse, but you can see how to run the chain.

This is the same team at a different show, with the under-jaw configuration. The near side looks the same as in the first picture, and you can see how she's looped the chain back over itself on the off side to take up the slack. Again, the halter needs to be adjusted smaller or swapped for a better fitting size. Additionally, the chain hangs too far on the near side - note how far her hand is from the gelding's muzzle. On the off side, the clip could probably be attached to the lower ring to get the shank to the proper length.

Disclaimer: My photos, but not of me or my horse. Please do not critique horse or exhibitor; photos are only to demonstrate the chain configuration. Thanks!

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post #3 of 23 Old 05-03-2011, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks very much, that was soo helpful!

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post #4 of 23 Old 05-06-2011, 02:37 PM
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cant say it any better. Just remaber not to leave to much chain in your hand.

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post #5 of 23 Old 05-16-2011, 09:08 PM
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Another thing to do is see the bottom horse of the previous post, rather than clipping to the hook itself pull the chain thru and clip it to the chain itself

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post #6 of 23 Old 05-18-2011, 08:41 PM
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Originally Posted by Scoutrider View Post

This is Random, but is that colver leaf in Bangor Pa? I keep hearing people talk about shows at clover leaf but i've never been there. So i was just wondering if he was the same place or clover leaf in another state
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post #7 of 23 Old 05-18-2011, 08:54 PM
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These days you rarely ever see people use over the nose chains.
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post #8 of 23 Old 05-25-2011, 08:39 AM
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Delete is correct. You rarely see the chain over the nose. Partly because it looks less smooth and finished and partly because it can give the image that your horse has less control.
That said, use whatever your horse is more comfortable with. You'll have a better class.
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post #9 of 23 Old 05-25-2011, 08:53 AM
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Originally Posted by Scoutrider View Post

Just curious, is using a chain required? The horse on the left doesn't look like it has the chain under or over the nose. If it is required, why?

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post #10 of 23 Old 05-25-2011, 09:20 AM
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While a chain isn't technically required, you can get more finesse with one. You can use lighter more refined cues to get the same effect that you would with just a snap on the end of your shank.
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