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  • How do you put on a bridle and take off the halter when tacking up a horse?
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    04-29-2012, 08:55 AM
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Foal
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I had a conversation about this the other day and found a few people do it differently. When tacking up and putting a bridle on do you leave the halter on ? By this I mean do you undo the nose strap and push back the halter so the horse is still secure? A friend said she just takes the halter off? How do you do it ?
     
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    04-29-2012, 09:01 AM
  #2
Trained
Just for convenience I usually just leave the halter on as is and put the bridle over it.
     
    04-29-2012, 09:30 AM
  #3
Weanling
With my horse I just take the halter off... he's not going anywhere. With horse's I don't know- I'll either wrap the reins or lead rope around the neck.
     
    04-29-2012, 09:33 AM
  #4
Green Broke
We were always taught to take the halter off but then just buckle it around their neck so they still feel restrained. I still do this with my horse as it seems to work easiest.
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    04-29-2012, 09:37 AM
  #5
Showing
I tack up in the barn, where there's no route of escape for the horse, so I take the halter off completely with one hand, toss it on the ground, and slip the bridle on with the other.
     
    04-29-2012, 09:43 AM
  #6
Weanling
I just put the reins over their neck and drop the halter next to me. I know most of the horses I ride and trust them not to go anywhere. However a horse I'm not familiar with or who's is green broke, I put it around their neck.
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    04-29-2012, 09:48 AM
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Started
I do the same as hflmusicislife, unless I'm sure the horse won't try to move. I used to leave the halter on under the bridle, but if I leave the halter on I may as well just ride with only that.
     
    04-29-2012, 10:33 AM
  #8
Showing
The only time I leave a halter on is when we are trail riding off property. Mostly so I can hand my horse to someone else to hold if I need to find a tree
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    04-29-2012, 10:38 AM
  #9
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Brittz    
I had a conversation about this the other day and found a few people do it differently. When tacking up and putting a bridle on do you leave the halter on ? By this I mean do you undo the nose strap and push back the halter so the horse is still secure? A friend said she just takes the halter off? How do you do it ?
In the USA we don't have the buckle on the nose, it's under the chin so not so easy to undo.
If I have a green horse with a rope halter I put the bridle on then remove the halter by slipping the nose piece through the mouth. I've only done it with a rope halter so I can't say if it would work as easily with a leather or nylon halter.
Normally I slip the halter around the neck or use a lead rope or reins for bridling.
     
    04-29-2012, 11:05 AM
  #10
Started
I throw the reins over their neck and slip the bridle on. My horse won't go anywhere, but it's mainly for safety precautions.
     

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