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post #1 of 7 Old 09-09-2011, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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I went and bought a side pull Halter

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.
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I ride in a sidepull, but this is what mine looks like. Later the day this picture was taken, I adjusted it to be a bit higher because it kept sliding down (just up the next hole, so maybe half an inch).

Abby doesn't like anything in or around her mouth and when I bought her, her previous owner told me she rode her in a sidepull. I tried several different bits and was just fighting with her. If I took away the bit, I had a sensible horse, so I stopped using one on her.
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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.

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I ride in a sidepull, but this is what mine looks like. Later the day this picture was taken, I adjusted it to be a bit higher because it kept sliding down (just up the next hole, so maybe half an inch).

Abby doesn't like anything in or around her mouth and when I bought her, her previous owner told me she rode her in a sidepull. I tried several different bits and was just fighting with her. If I took away the bit, I had a sensible horse, so I stopped using one on her.
That is a gorgeous bridle. Mine is more rope halter style to see how well she goes in it first. But providing she goes well in it I would like to buy her something similar to your bridle long term.

I will try post a picture of what I have ordered
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That's the same halter/bridle Abby's previous owner gave me, but mine's brown. Ick. And it was older, so it was stretched out. I love the green!

Make sure the fiador knot under the jaw is snug. To tighten it, I just followed the paths of the rope, if that makes sense? If not, it'll slide all over your horse's face. Mine did terribly before I tightened it. Not terribly tight though or you'll have a grumpy pony with those knots digging into its nose.
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That's the same halter/bridle Abby's previous owner gave me, but mine's brown. Ick. And it was older, so it was stretched out. I love the green!

Make sure the fiador knot under the jaw is snug. To tighten it, I just followed the paths of the rope, if that makes sense? If not, it'll slide all over your horse's face. Mine did terribly before I tightened it. Not terribly tight though or you'll have a grumpy pony with those knots digging into its nose.
If you don't mind me asking is there a website for your bridle? I am not sure how easy it will be to get a side pull bridle here in the UK unless I order from ebay or a website and what sizes do they come in please?
My mare is normally in a pony or cob size bridle depending on the make.
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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.
It will be my first time bitless so we will be in a small fenced off paddock for starters till she gets used to it I know she has always been ridden with a pelham bit, so will take some getting used to being ridden bitless.

When it arrives I shall post some photos for a better idea on fitting
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