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post #1 of 14 Old 09-10-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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opinion on this english sidepull please

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I have been researching bitless options like everyday for the last month. I think im finally getting close. I originally didnt what a sidepull/jumping hackamore, but im starting to think it would be the best thing for our horse. I rode her in a halter yesterday and she was very responsive and more clear on turns than usual. I found this and I think it looks nice. I've been having some trouble trying to find a sidepull in black and she has one. If I do get this I might wrap the noseband in fleece tho. The reason I don't just buy a jumping hackamore nose band is because I don't have and english bride right now and I would rather get somthing that angles out of the eyes like this one. The tory leather one looked nice to, but it only came in brown. So tell me what you think: good or bad.
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bump. Anyone?
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I used very similar one (except I got mine off eBay for $20 ) when I started my horses. All I can say it depends on horse. If your horse is responsive, doesn't try to dig after the grass, and has a good stop in her then why not (the only problem this sidepull may not be allowed at the shows, I know it's not at dressage shows). Interesting enough both my mares preferred the bit to the sidepull (neither liked the pressure on nose much, even though it's a very gentle one).

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I used very similar one (except I got mine off eBay for $20 ) when I started my horses. All I can say it depends on horse. If your horse is responsive, doesn't try to dig after the grass, and has a good stop in her then why not (the only problem this sidepull may not be allowed at the shows, I know it's not at dressage shows). Interesting enough both my mares preferred the bit to the sidepull (neither liked the pressure on nose much, even though it's a very gentle one).

I would like to train her with a simple snaffle, but my aunt is against it. And fox is her horse, so what she's says goes. I respect that. Fox takes direction really well in a sidepull. She does go after grass tho. And she doesnt have a great stop. But she's that way in everything we've put her in. I think I just need to work on that. Somebody who rides her at the barn let her graze under saddle and that didnt help things. if it looks good to people and I don't hear anything bad about the leather on it I will probably buy. I might also look at the anti-grazing device and see if that looks like a good idea, or a comlpetely ridiculous peice of equipment. Lol. Like many products in the horse world. Its one or the other.
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Have you considered using a rope sidepull?

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Have you considered using a rope sidepull?
I have, but I would like to have a nice matching set of tack in case I ever did what to jump her or something. I doubt I will, but its possible. Maybe that's vain, but its true.
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...maybe that's vain, but its true.
Not vain at all. It is a personal choice and can be an important part of getting what is right for you. I've never used a leather sidepull, so I can't offer advice...just good wishes.

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alyssa, will you be the only one working with the horse? The reason I ask if today you work with the horse on not diving after the grass, and then tomorrow another rider happily allows the horse to do it during the whole ride, you are kinda wasting your time.

P.S. I understand that it's not your horse and tack choice may not be an option. BTW, instead of putting so much money into this particular sidepull you may look into finding a cheaper (or used one) on eBay or tacktrader and such. Because if it won't work out for you, at least it won't be that expensive.
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alyssa, will you be the only one working with the horse? The reason I ask if today you work with the horse on not diving after the grass, and then tomorrow another rider happily allows the horse to do it during the whole ride, you are kinda wasting your time.

P.S. I understand that it's not your horse and tack choice may not be an option. BTW, instead of putting so much money into this particular sidepull you may look into finding a cheaper (or used one) on eBay or tacktrader and such. Because if it won't work out for you, at least it won't be that expensive.
me my aunt (almost never) and one other girl ride fox. My aunt asked her not to let her graze awhile ago, so I don't think she lets her anymore. And I will be the only one riding in this bridle probably because im using it for english and for western she rides in a hackamore. And I really only saw one other cheaper alternative...and well.. it looked cheap. Lol. But I will look for some used ones. That's a good idea. I really do think she will take to it well. That's why i've be researching like crazy. I want to make sure BEFORE I buy that its good for her. :) im starting to consider a brown saddle (a little) so tory leather might be back in the running. Heard it doesnt fit too well, but I like the nosepeice better. *sigh* I can run around in circles like this for days.
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It looks very like the Dr Cook I bought off Dover saddlery, its synthetic and was about $89. Our mini Clyde has a really odd short mouth and never seems happy in a bit - she actually runs away from it if you give her too much pressure and she is VERY strong and forward going. I didn't think we would hold her in the Dr Cook but she seems to come back to you OK and my son was jumping her in it - just in the field - when he was at home and that's when she does tend to take a hold as she gets excited as soon as she faces a jump
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