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post #1 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 08:01 AM
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Just for convenience I usually just leave the halter on as is and put the bridle over it.

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post #3 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 08:30 AM
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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.

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post #4 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 08:33 AM
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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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post #5 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 08:37 AM
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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.
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post #6 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 08:43 AM
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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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post #7 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 08:48 AM
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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.
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post #8 of 25 Old 04-29-2012, 09:33 AM
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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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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.
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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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