hi cowchick,its me again.when I start a colt I agree with the sidepull people,as long as this horse is not real head strong,cause I don't want him to get his head down between his knees,then that's an invitation to want to try you.
I will admit, I have never used a sidepull and I have never been taught how to use one, so I don't know the difference between a sidepull or a halter.
I totally agree about keeping their head up too. I usually get them really soft to the halter before I ride them, to keep from getting myself in a wreck. But all horses are different and some are just hard faced, and I might just use a snaffle on them.
Since I have never used a sidepull, how is it different than using a halter? And do you use it the same?