Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Doe - Most good perfumes contain musk which is either deer pheremones (from the musk sacs of musk deers hence the name) or a synthetic copy of deer pheremones (called white musk)! I work in the cosmetic industry I know what goes into perfumes and yes they can cause young colts to have issues. Not all stallions are sensitive but some are.
A chifney is a very useful bit of kit. It is an anti rearing bit. If the horse doesnt rear you don't have an issue and there is no pressure/pain, if the horse does rear it creates pain which stops said horse creating a very dangerous situation and potentialy killing someone (and yes people are killed by horses rearing up and striking out), I find it only takes one rear with most horses and then they never do it again. They are heavily used in Europe with stallions and I have never heard of a problem with them.
A horse spooking and a horse rearing up in aggression are 2 very different things. I've used a chifney on a horse who was a saint at all other times but just could not be turned out in the field as when going down the track (when he realised he was going out) he would rear up, and then bolt down the track. A normal bridle wouldnt help at all, he injured several people (17hh of HUGE Dutch warmblood) and put a couple of people in hospital. The NH guys round here couldnt get anything from him and we cant keep him in a stable 24/7. So we resorted to a chifney. In a chifney he lead out like a lamb, never pulled, never reared and could be lead out down the track, put in the field with no injuries to him or to the people handling him. Infact it caused so little distress you could go into his field 5 mins later and catch him and he would walk up to you, he would even open his mouth for the chifney.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT