Originally Posted by Fellpony
My little Fell mare is normally ridden in a rugby pelham which is her showing bit, with double reins. I feel it is much to harsh a bit for everyday even though she goes really well in it.
But I want to ride her in a more natural bitless style bridle so I am going to be trialling the side pull Halter to see how we go. I will be using it mainly when riding on the farm for starters.
Has anyone got a photos of how I fit one please and how you found your horses and ponies went in one. Any thoughts or advice good or bad.
I usually use the side pull when starting young horses as it is a great tool to help teach them to bend without interfering with their young mouths and teeth. I don't see why you couldn't use it on the farm. It may take a while for your mare to get used to it, as it works a little different than a bit or a hackamore, but with some adjustments you should be fine.
Fitting: It should be snug, but not tight. You should be able to fit a couple of fingers underneath. You don't want too much movement of the nose piece, so that it doesn't spin when you pull on one rein. At the same time you want a little give so that the halter can work properly.
Sorry I know it sounds vague, but its always a little hard to "fit" something when you can't show how its supposed to look.