just a one time question.do you people that start your colts in a halter trust your horses that much?
I don't know if it is trust as much as I know that I did the work beforehand to make it work. I would like to think that I can put a read on a horse well enough to feel as what I need to do to make it work. Not saying I am the great reader of the horse minds, not at all. But I think you can tell when working on the ground with him his attitude and how smart he is. That gives me insight to where I might need to tweak my method to suit the situation. I think this where knowing different methods and riding different kinds of horses help. You have a broader knowledge of horses, their attitudes, querks and intelligence. Knowing many different methods gives you that many more options when situations arise. That is why I get frustrated with people who get hung up on only using one clinicians method.
I am by no means limiting myself to just the halter. I will make sure they know that they can't pull on the halter, once they figure that out, you just better forget about using it. It is in a way like riding in a hackamore, once he learns he can run through it, your pretty much done.
I will use a snaffle, like I said before, I have used a Springsteen snaffle and more than willing to try a sidepull.