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post #1 of 36 Old 09-10-2012, 05:38 PM Thread Starter
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Bridle Horses

Has anyone on here ever worked with a "bridle horse" The kind that is made with a hackamore, two-rein, and a spade bit. I have been doing quite a bit of research on the making of a bridle horse lately and was curious if anyone on the forum has ridden a bridle horse. They are a thing of beauty!

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post #2 of 36 Old 09-10-2012, 07:07 PM
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Has anyone on here ever worked with a "bridle horse" The kind that is made with a hackamore, two-rein, and a spade bit. I have been doing quite a bit of research on the making of a bridle horse lately and was curious if anyone on the forum has ridden a bridle horse. They are a thing of beauty!
I can think of a few members, besides me, here who have.

I guess I always think of getting them trained to that point as functional, rather than the asthetics.
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I have trained and shown a few bridle horses. I am very familiar with the methods.

Two horses I raised and sold are in training with Sandy Collier (only woman to ever win the Snaffle Bit Futurity). I have a Soula Jule Star 3 year old I am trying to sell right now that I raised to be snaffle bit / bridle horse. Soule Jule Star is one of the top Reined Cowhorse sires. His dam is a Doc"s Hickory daughter we have. My arthritis has gotten too bad to let me ride one any more.

What are your goals and what are you riding or training? What are you trying to find out about bridle horses?

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Cherie, do you have videos of either of them? I can't find much online when I search.
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I recommend Richard Caldwell's video on bridle horses and spade bits that can be found on youtube. He's about the best.
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Just watched two of his videos about Spade bits. Fascinating!
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Several people at my Foundation Quarter Horse shows ride bridle horses.

I have no idea what's going on, I'm just like "ooooooo pretty bit...shiny...horsieeeeee"
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post #8 of 36 Old 09-10-2012, 11:49 PM
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So, does the term "Bridle horse" mean a horse that is ridden in a spade? Because my horse is ridden in a bridle, but I don't think that counts.
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Subbing to hear the stories. :)

I have ridden many a horse who are "up in the bridle" in the sense that they show in a curb bit, but never have I had one in a spade. I'm nowhere near that good.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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The book "Hackamore Reinsman" by Ed Connell has some good information on the timing of cues to get the best transitions that I've ever read. Best describes how the bit, seat, and legs work together. Pretty sure my own horses were grateful I studied it.

I've yet to see a camp or cookhouse that doesn't have a copy laying around.
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