Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Actually, Phoenix, the problem seems to be more of a training issue then a bridle one. No horse should be able to walk off when you switch from a halter to a bridle. If your horse is free to wonder when the halter comes off, then you are doing something wrong.
I work on having my horses stand there while being bridled. I will put my reins around my horse's neck so that I have control if she decides to walk off when I take the halter off. What I've seen others do is to unbuckle the halter and rebuckle it around their necks so they maintain control until the bridle is on.
What do you mean by your horse getting worked up when being bridled? What causes that?
On another note, a riding partner of mine uses a combo halter/bridle when we trail ride. That way he halters his horse at home and only has to attach the bit when we saddle up.
Lastly, if your horse is listening to your trainer and not to you, it isn't the bit. A french link snaffle is an extremely mild bit so it tells me that the horse is sistening to your trainer through all different aids, not necessarily the bit. A bit isn't going to make your horse listen to you - better riding will. It isn't the tack that makes the horse, it's the rider.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.
Last edited by iridehorses; 10-01-2011 at 04:38 PM.