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post #1 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 03:00 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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post #3 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 03:24 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. :)
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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. :)
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 Royal® Rolled Nose Leather Side Pull in Billy Royal® Training Tack at Schneider Saddlery
And this one from Stateline tack looks similar too
Tory Harness Leather Nose Side Pull - Statelinetack.com
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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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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. : )

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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. : )
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!
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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!!!
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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 :)
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-19-2013, 12:41 PM
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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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