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        03-15-2011, 04:14 PM
      #11
    Banned
    Right, and I certainly have been in that situation myself. Owning a gray, the prospect of losing her always scares me. Good luck with your mare.
         
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        03-16-2011, 02:31 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    Another thought I had was a full-cheek snaffle. Because it would put some pressure on the sides of her face too, which is good for turning. But I think I like the idea of a sidepull even better, since she is used to the indian bosal. But perhaps if you had a access to a full-cheek snaffle, that would be something else to try.

    I have owned 3 grays and (knock on wood) haven't seen a melanoma yet. BUT, I did own a wonderful Paint gelding that lived to the age of 33, and he had cancer in his sheath and I believe the inside of one eyelid as well.

    Stuff can happen with all our horses. I had a friend who almost lost her 3 yr old QH and the only thing that saved him was colic surgery. So you are not safe even with a "normal" colored horse.

    Personally, I love my grays and wouldn't let the thought of melanomas deter me from owning one. But it might discourage me if the horse already had it, just because I wouldn't want the heart-ache of loosing them prematurely. One of the things I did when I went to purchase my current gray Foxtrotter mare was check under her tail for signs of anything abnormal looking! Haven't spotted anything yet.....knock on wood.....
         
        03-22-2011, 08:19 PM
      #13
    Super Moderator
    Thanks trailhorserider! I had meant to get back to this to thank you but time got away from me.

    Anyway, in good news, I was looking in that sidepull idea and I discovered that my lil "Indian Bosal" shindig could be taken apart and, with the addition of a curb chain, turned into a sidepull! Fancy that!
    I bought a curb chain today and sadly it was HUGE on Lacey (and it was the smallest one they had in the store! I didn't think her muzzle was that tiny...), but I made it work. Then I rode her in it to see if she approved and she totally did! She was almost softer in it that she is when it's a cross-under! I even tried turning a few times like the kids always want to and even though she gave me dirty looks (if looks could kill...oh man) she understood what I was asking and turned promptly.
    We'll have to see how she does tomorrow since we have two lessons tomorrow, but hopefully she'll do well for them too.

    So thanks for that idea! Hopefully it'll be "the right" one!
         
        03-22-2011, 08:28 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Oooh. Hopefully it goes well with the new sidepull. Abby goes so well in hers..well, compared to a bit. Haha.
         
        03-22-2011, 09:22 PM
      #15
    Super Moderator
    This is just way out there, but a Pee wee bit might work. It's basically a fairly thin mullen mouth with rings. NO leverage. There is a chin strap, but it is NOT a curb strap. Some horses love them. Works almost solely on the tongue and the sides of the jaw.
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        03-23-2011, 05:56 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Have you ever considered using a rope halter with the rein attachment rings? Great for direct reining and if you need a little more whoa they make them with extra nose knots. Maybe something like this? Rope Halter - Braided 1/4" Firm Double Knots and Rein Rings - Avg horse Size - Horse Rope Connection & Horse Supply
         
        03-23-2011, 08:31 PM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GrittyCowgirl    
    Have you ever considered using a rope halter with the rein attachment rings? Great for direct reining and if you need a little more whoa they make them with extra nose knots. Maybe something like this? Rope Halter - Braided 1/4" Firm Double Knots and Rein Rings - Avg horse Size - Horse Rope Connection & Horse Supply
    I actually made myself one of those and she goes ok in it for me but I don't particularly like how it slides/twists on her face. But actually, this has given me a great idea, what if I attached a curb chain to the rings (I placed my rings not on the nose knots, but about an inch lower to combat twisting) as well as the reins? That would tighten up the nose area and maybe fix the twisting/sliding issue even more! I will have to give that try.

    In any case, she did GREAT in the sidepull today. We had two lessons (and 3 different kids) and it went really really well. She was obviously much less confused about what was being asked of her. She was also much less frustrated by the end of the lesson (usually she's a little irked by the end, she doesn't DO anything bad, she just gets this defeated/dead air about her). I'm really pleased with her reaction to it.
         
        03-23-2011, 08:34 PM
      #18
    Showing
    That's wonderful .
         
        03-23-2011, 09:16 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I haven't read all the posts so I'm probably repeating but I'd try a sidepull.
         
        03-23-2011, 10:11 PM
      #20
    Showing
    I'd try the short shanked hackamore with the fleece noseband. Altho there is some curb action, which helps with neck reining, most horses are ok with these.
         

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