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    07-28-2008, 02:17 PM
  #11
Foal
I have a leadrope with a chain that I use every time I use the halter, but not over his nose. I use it like a normal lead rope. If he acts up it's easier to either snap it (with just the noise it makes my guy knows that I mean enough is enough) or if necessary it's very quick to slip over his nose.

I honestly prefer the chain because I know that my horse knows what it is and respects it, I never have to use it as a tool against him, only as a reminder that I am in control. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
     
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    07-28-2008, 03:04 PM
  #12
Started
Yeah, using a chain through his halter over his nose should be fine as long as you won't over react with it and snap it hard, yeah, I'd say go ahead. You could also do some more ground work with him if you say that this is pretty much his only problem. He just needs a little more respect for you.
     
    07-29-2008, 03:51 PM
  #13
Foal
Rope halter and ground work will fix that. Remember, less is more. Your horse will respect you more with ground work than he will with a chain!
     
    07-29-2008, 07:52 PM
  #14
Foal
Just ground manner work would fix theis fine. :) totally agree with what the person said about, less is more.. all the way. I would only resort to such as chains is things were getting dangerous
     
    07-30-2008, 08:26 AM
  #15
Foal
I agree with galloping grape. Using a chain will simply cover the problem up not solve it. Groundwork will solve this problem.
     
    07-30-2008, 08:51 AM
  #16
Foal
There's nothing wrong with a chain if used correctly, which is just common sense. However, I would suggest running it around the noseband of the halter once or twice so that it is not always directly on the horse's face. This eliminates many accidental jerks, and it's especially helpful on the somewhat more sensitive horses.
     
    07-30-2008, 08:56 AM
  #17
Foal
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Originally Posted by CompletelyShameless
There's nothing wrong with a chain if used correctly, which is just common sense. However, I would suggest running it around the noseband of the halter once or twice so that it is not always directly on the horse's face. This eliminates many accidental jerks, and it's especially helpful on the somewhat more sensitive horses.
I think what some people are trying to say is, that groundwork will get to the bottom of the behaviour and stop the disrespectfulness, a chain won't, it will just cover the problem up, not solve it!
     
    07-30-2008, 10:39 AM
  #18
Foal
Oh, and I completely agree, Lulu -- the chain is just a "quick fix" that merely masks the problem rather than solving it. However, there are situations where proper ground work may not be an option, so I was simply interjecting on the question that was asked :]
     
    07-30-2008, 12:03 PM
  #19
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by CompletelyShameless
However, there are situations where proper ground work may not be an option, so I was simply interjecting on the question that was asked :]
I completely agree with that! If you've got a horse that is coming out of box rest and is very keen to get the field for instance! That's where chains would be useful!
     
    07-30-2008, 02:43 PM
  #20
Trained
Im currently in school to be a vet tech. When they taught the class on equine restraint, they said something that I highly disagreed with. They said that a chain was to be used over the nose, under the chin, or over the gums. Take in mind the vast majority of people in this class have never worked with horses before. I have used chains at the racetrack, but never under the chin and definitely not over the gums.

Am I wrong?
     

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