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post #21 of 26 Old 12-07-2012, 12:25 PM
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It's definitely something to keep in mind. As someone already mentioned, rope halters are not mild. Good riding technique and soft hands should still be in effect, you should never be hauling around on a horse with a rope halter. (Regardless of what the horse is wearing you should never be hauling on their face obviously).
I once read an excellent article that outlined all the possible damage you could do to your horse's face with various nosebands. In the ongoing debate of bit vs bitless, there are lots of articles about the damage to a horse's mouth with the bit, but people neglect the fact that horses can also feel the outside of their face too. If I find it again I will post it.
Fit is a huge factor too I feel. My halter should be snugged up high on her nose, and her bitless noseband is higher than recommended because I do not want it sitting on the soft part of her nose.
It should all be about the horse's comfort. My girl loves her bitless and will literally stuff her face into it when I hold it up, even right after I have taken it off!
As for the halter, same thing! It gives light, consistent signals without having to apply a lot of pressure.

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post #22 of 26 Old 12-07-2012, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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I agree completely. It is almost as bad as being inside a horse's mouth.
Nope. It isn't almost as "bad" as riding with a bit. It's very bit as "bad". Pressure is pressure is pressure, whether on the mouth or the nose. Some horses just like their pressure in different spots.

Horses choose what way they like their pressure. I've tried my mare in many bits; an Argentine (back in darker times), a D-ring single joint snaffle, a Myler curb with a medium port (which I use for shows still), a wonder bit, a full cheek french link (which I still use if I need a bit), and finally a rope halter. She liked the halter best, so we kept it! :)

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post #24 of 26 Old 12-07-2012, 06:22 PM
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I personally use only rope halters for the most part. Whether you are just going for a walk, or practicing barrel patterns, it works best for most of my horses. An accomplished horse trainer once told me "take the huge bits you wanna' try on your horse, and throw them in the water, whichever one floats is the one you should use." I make sure everyone of my horses is responsive in a roe halter/bosal before I even think about going into training for speed events/reining/roping haha More natural.
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post #25 of 26 Old 12-07-2012, 08:16 PM
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I ride each horse with different things depending on their preference, but my boy seems to prefer a rope halter or a S hackamore. I know this is the harsher kind, but for only $5 and it was super bright green I couldn't resist! Plus, it is super soft and supple. Most of the time I ride him on a loose rein too, and I have pretty soft hands so I don't think he is bothered much by it...

This is after a 6-mile ride in the mountains this past summer, he was a trooper and led the group perfectly for majority of the ride :)

So sorry in advance if the picture is big, it is hard to judge size on my iPad. And it is probably sideways too :/


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