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post #11 of 20 Old 05-21-2008, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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I dunno... thats what I was wondering too...my horse neck rein so I'm thinking that a rein on the neck is a rein on the neck...right???? Maybe it depends on the horse.Edited for spelling...lol...I spelled rein like a king reigns... :roll:

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post #12 of 20 Old 05-21-2008, 03:51 PM
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I think I might get it and give it a try.

Supposedly Oby has a soft mouth. He neck reins. But they said occasionally he is a little stubborn to stop. I might give this bridle a try. Heck, its cheap enough to at least try.


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So I was looking at hackamores and came across the parelli website and as far as I can tell they are calling a rope halter with a set of horseman's reins a "Natural hackamore". They even had directions on how to tie a 22' rope onto the "natural hackamore" aka rope halter.

Why couldn't a person just use parelli's directions and tie their own 22' rope onto their own rope halter and bada- doom bada- bing make their own $80 "natural hackamore"??? :roll:


Am I missing something here? This seems too easy.

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I'm a bitless bridle convert. Love mine! So does my horse. I'd never ridden with one and neither had he but we tried it and he acted just as if he had a bit in his mouth...but even more relaxed.
Neck reining was the same,as is stopping,turning etc. I just did everything like I normally do and he responded PERFECTLY!
A word of caution tho, not all horses might act so nice obviously so try it out first in an enclosed safe area until you know how they take the new feel of things and until you feel that you have control.

The bitless with the cross under the jaw straps like Dr. Cooks I think are the best. They are different than a hackamore or sidepull.
There are a few cross unders out there but Dr.Cook is most well known, good quality and with some of the others you just don't know because they are trying to copy Dr. Cooks but may not be the same...made a little different, not as good of quality etc. so do your homework before you buy. Which is what it sounds like you're doing.
If you decide on one let us know what you get and how it works out!
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post #15 of 20 Old 05-21-2008, 09:17 PM
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I've used one for one of the lesson horses @ my barn (who needs to use one) & it works very well. (I'm talking about the Dr. Cook one). ;)

I am pretty sure the neck-reining is the same. They are really good bridles!

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Have some of y'all really never heard of hackamores? Or bosals? Maybe it's just because I've been around a lot of different horse poeple, but i've known of hackamores since I started riding. I just thought it was kinda...not weird, but strange.

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post #17 of 20 Old 05-22-2008, 12:40 AM
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I use a english hackamore one one horse and a crossover bitless on my TB.
Loooooove being bitless, and plan to stay that way

I love both bridles. I did try the hackamore on mt TB but he felt over sensative to it, like the slightest pressure would be to much for him, so i put him in a cross over and he was perfect. Stuck the hackamore on my other boy....and it worked wonders on him

I have also tried the rope halter type bitless. This was a home made one. Made from a rope halter i already had....and just stuck reins on it, was fine, the only problem i found was it did tend to slip up the face sometimes, i thought that was proberly annoying for the horse to went for the hackamore which worked out way better.

So i think ...if you can borrow a selection of a couple different bitless bits and see which one your horse likes best. Hell tell you which one is the right one.
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Thanks for all the info guys! I think I'll start with a rope hackamore and go from there...I'll let you know how it goes once I actually do it. I think that the cross over/under hackamore that was on ebay would be my next logical step as it is only 15-16 dollars. It may be a while before I do this but I'll post a topic on it when I do it.

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Keep us posted Dumas!!

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post #20 of 20 Old 05-23-2008, 01:04 AM
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how about a side pull like this




or a little s like this, the only thing with the s is that you might want to change the nose band on it

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