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post #1 of 15 Old 12-15-2011, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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One ear headstall with snaffle bit - will it work?

I have been told that headstall with no browband can't be used with a snaffle bit, apparently it will just come off when you pull on it. But is this the same case with a one ear? I'm looking at giving one for a Christmas gift but I don't want it to fly off when she uses it. Thanks
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-15-2011, 08:07 AM
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I used one for about a dozen rides...then it fell off. No one warned me in advance. Happily, our gelding just stopped and looked confused.

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You need to look for one with a throat strap.
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-15-2011, 09:46 AM
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Ideally for leverage - no.
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I used one without issue for about 2 years... Then Soda learned (one fine spring day) that if he shook his head hard enough... The bridle would fall off. After that it was useless, he started shaking his head every time he wanted to go home. Which was often as it was during the spring "re-training" aka "relearning you can go out by yourself and not DIE". I bought a headstall with a browband and a throatlatch shortly after.
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Okay that makes sense. Browband it is!
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I actually have a funny story about this,

When I was in high school I was the rodeo queen for a local rodeo, my best friend and I was late arriving to a rodeo where we were to make a queen run in the grand entry. My browband headstall broke and all I had was a split ear to replace it in the trailer. I switched, headstalls, mounted and went to warm up my horse. The horse I had was very cold backed and was notorious for bucking. We seen flags in the arena and thought we were late for the grand entry and went to lope over to the gate. The arena was set up in the infield of the dirt track for stock cars. We came up over the burm and he buried his head to buck and pawed that split ear headstall off of his head and left me sitting in the middle of the racetrack holding my snaffle bit reins while my horse bucked down the track...LOL

Later the stock contractor came up and offered me $500 for him.

So that just confirmed for me not to put a split ear headstall on a snaffle..tee he.

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post #8 of 15 Old 12-15-2011, 10:44 PM
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I know others have said this, but to reiterate, it's not the one-ear that's the problem, it's the lack of throat latch. There are a few one-ear w/ throatlatch headstalls out there, and those are fine.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-15-2011, 10:53 PM
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LOL, Cowchick, seen that a few times.

Like Bubba said, it's not so much the one ear, it's the lack of throatlatch that will get you in trouble. I always just stick with a browband no matter what I'm riding. No chance of one of them just 'coming off' unless everything gets broken...and if that's the case, I likely wouldn't be needing it anyway because I'd have already eaten dirt .

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Could someone explain this to me? I know if you use a split ear with a snaffle it could pull through but I never understood it. What does the browband or noseband have to do with anything?

Sorry for such a stupid question haha
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