07-02-2012, 03:05 AM
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You can use anything from a halter, flat or rope, a traditional bosal hackamore, a more english type side pull or crossover 'bitless bridle', or a mechanical leverage device such as the English or French so called 'hackamore'. I think any of the first lot can be fine, but I'd avoid the mechanical ones. Depends what you want to do & how you want to train as to which type I reckon, as for eg. A side pull has a different feel, more English & direct, tends to be better for different style cues than a real hackamore or rope halter with reins coming from under the chin, which IMO are better for western style cues.
I would teach your horse to respond to the different feel from the ground first, before teaching her mounted in a safe environment.