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post #1 of 6 Old 05-31-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Best headgear to go bareback grazing?

Hey there,

I have returned recently to riding and have a super-sweet Rocky Mountain mare who'se a gentle, quiet being. I'd love to sit on her bareback and let her graze, just to spend time with her. As a kid at a commercial stable, I can remember doing this with halters and lead shanks that had chains; we tied the chains under the chins and sat on the horses while they grazed and we chatted. I'm wondering if a hackamore might be a more secure thing for me now, though, since (with osteoporosis and an aging body) I really don't want to come off if she spooks, and she and I don't know each other that well yet.

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A hackamore can be quite severe, so while you would have more control, it may be too much and be dangerous. I have always allowed my horses to graze with bits -- why not try that? Or let her graze with full tack on and you in a saddle.

But, if you are just trying to get to know her, and get back into things, put her on a lead and just hang out together. No need for you to be on her back. I would not allow a horse to graze with me on her back until their is solid respect and basic training in place. Maybe it already is, but you sound a tad unsure, so I would advise against it.
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The chain under the jaw gives you a lot of control. I used to ride my horse away from home on a turkey trail and let him graze his way home while I read. I couldn't have done it without a stout chain under his jaw.
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I graze my horses in anything, such as a rope halter.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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A hackamore can be quite severe, so while you would have more control, it may be too much and be dangerous. I have always allowed my horses to graze with bits -- why not try that? Or let her graze with full tack on and you in a saddle.

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the headgear a horse wears is only as dangerous as the rider's hands. a hackamore can cut up the nose if used roughly. i used a hackamore (old style bosal type) on my horse often, and he never once got a scratch from it.

allowing a horse to graze while tacked up and being ridden may instill in the horse that it is ok to eat while being ridden and could take to suddenly stopping and snatching bites while going along a trail - not good.

i used to go out to my horse's pasture, and just jump on and sit there relaxed while he grazed. no halter, no tack, nothing. mind you, i would never suggest this to another rider, as i cannot vouch for the placidness of other people's horses. in hindsight, i probably should not have been up on my horse with no control, but the love of a young girl for her horse blinded me at the time.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-06-2013, 07:35 PM
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Not a good idea to me.

If you want to hang out, groom, but doing something that you could end up hurt is not good.

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