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    07-18-2013, 03:26 PM
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Sidepull vs Halter

What is the difference between using a sidepull headstall and a halter (nylon web or leather with adjustable noseband)?

I hung one of each side-by-side. The reins attach at approx. The same place. Granted, the sidepull has a browband. Other than that I am not seeing much difference as to how they would work.

Am I missing something? Please enlighten me...
     
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    07-18-2013, 04:00 PM
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I think it would depend on the type of sidepull - There seem to be so many different ones on the market from ones that do look just like a halter to the Dr Cook that works more on pressure on the poll and under the face than on the noseband
I found this one that has a separate ring off the main halter connection ring so I would think the action from the reins would be less inclined to pull the noseband downwards
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    07-18-2013, 04:24 PM
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Jaydee, do you know what brand that one you posted is? I'm not having a lot of luck with our sidepull but that one looks promising. :)
     
    07-18-2013, 04:35 PM
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Originally Posted by lilypoo    
Jaydee, do you know what brand that one you posted is? I'm not having a lot of luck with our sidepull but that one looks promising. :)
Typically of me I just 'snipped' part of the pic and 'why do searches never come up with the same thing twice???!!!'
This one from Schneider Saddlery is about the closest thing I can find to it - they're a nice company to deal with, I've bought quite a few things from them and they even gave me a free blanket when I complained that the one I bought didn't fit very well - they let me keep it as well!!!
Billy RoyalŪ Rolled Nose Leather Side Pull in Billy RoyalŪ Training Tack at Schneider Saddlery
And this one from Stateline tack looks similar too
Tory Harness Leather Nose Side Pull - Statelinetack.com
     
    07-18-2013, 06:58 PM
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I've never actually used a side pull on my horse, but I have ridden him in a halter plenty of times. I've noticed that the crown piece of the halter has a tendency to slide back down his neck while riding, while I imagine that a side pull would not.
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    07-19-2013, 12:35 AM
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Thanks, Jaydee. Mine looks like the Billy Royal but with a flat noseband. (I also have a Dr. Cook's out in a tack trunk. Just one more piece of equipment...)

DuckDodger...I see where you would be right about the halter crown piece slipping back. Must be why browbands were invented. : )
     
    07-19-2013, 02:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
Thanks, Jaydee. Mine looks like the Billy Royal but with a flat noseband. (I also have a Dr. Cook's out in a tack trunk. Just one more piece of equipment...)

DuckDodger...I see where you would be right about the halter crown piece slipping back. Must be why browbands were invented. : )
Haha, I guess to a certain degree! I think the material and looseness of halter play a role too. I've used English bridles without the browband and haven't had any issues, but I guess they put them there for a reason!
     
    07-19-2013, 10:10 AM
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Yes - We use old bridles as 'Field bridles' - strip as much off them as you can - for bringing horses up from fields that were a bit too far to lead from so ride them up bareback and if you get one that's a bit too 'keen' to get in having a bit really helps
I've never found that they slip back when you don't have a browband
I also have a barn full of impulse bought stuff!!!
     
    07-19-2013, 10:40 AM
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Interesting, I've only ever seen/used rope nose sidepulls, which provide a little more substance or "bite" than a flexible nylon halter. The sidepull's browband, snug chin strap, and rein rings do keep the headstall more balanced on the head than if using a halter, IMO; If you've ever attached reins/tied a lead rope for reins on a halter, you know how a direct rein pull will make the halter either slide up the side of the face or the halter rings turn/flip and dig into the horses cheeks.

Sidepulls are just another training tool that you can use or not, at your discretion :)
     
    07-19-2013, 01:41 PM
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Green Broke
The original one Jaydee posted is from Moss Rock Endurance:
Sidepull - Moss Rock Endurance - Your Source for Custom Biothane Competitive Tack

I really like the way theirs look- one day I'll get one for myself
     

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