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    03-21-2012, 11:57 PM
The chain should run under the chin for showmanship. First, it looks more professional. Second, the chain is used to cue your horse and that's done more easily with the chain under the chin.

Also, a chain with larger links would be preferred. The smaller links look cheap and are an indicator that the exhibitor may not have much experience or knowledge.

Make sure that the halter is fitted and adjusted to your horse's face. The halter shouldn't gap anywhere. I can take some pictures to demonstrate fitting a halter if that would help you.
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    03-26-2012, 12:04 AM
I believe you need at least 2 links showing, some horses don't need the Chain some do I use one on my mare but I know of a horse shown at congress that didn't use it but according to regulations 2 links I think id have to check...still looks clean and is technically a "chain". If a horse does not like it, most likely because he/she doesn't know what to do with the new pressures. Practice get them used to it well worth the work involved!
    04-04-2012, 01:18 AM
My old trainer said you should have 4-5 links stinking out. That's the rule of thumb I use. :)

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