Just wondering if anyone has some advice for us. We'll be re-starting our Great Horse Trip in October of this year and I want to take advantage of the fact that we'll be in Europe (= lots of horse supplies) before going back to Chile (= very few horse supplies) to see whether there's stuff we still need to get.
One of the puzzles is bridles / halters / tying / leading solutions. We need something that we can ride in, some way of leading, and some way of tying a horse up. Two horses are ridden, two horses are led. For tying, all our horses are hobble-trained and will probably be picketed by a foot where possible. But I'd like to have options, so have been looking at the various solutions for having a leadrope/get-down rope attached, and also at the idea of neck-tying (one mare already ties better with a neckrope than with a halter, anyway).
Anyone got a favourite setup? Do you favour rope hacks or a halter under a bridle or some kind of arrangement with a mecate rein? Is it worth getting a specific neck strap/rope/tie or would we be better off with a normal rope and a bowline in it? For you trail riders or packers, how do you attach/carry your horses' leadropes while riding? How do you carry your hobbles?
In case it helps, one packhorse already has something like this (only with sheepskin lining everywhere and a no-draw option: he's a roan and his weird roan skin doesn't much like nylon halters). The other one hasn't got anything chosen for her yet.
I'd like a bitless solution for the two ridden horses.
Go ahead with your practical ideas!