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post #21 of 89 Old 01-03-2014, 10:12 PM
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I know some people use a rope halter but I hate them. I use a regular halter, if I need a little more control I run the line over the poll. I don't have a cavesson because I am poor lol. I agree that it's a training thing. He is used to having physical boundaries, now he just needs to learn that the line is the boundary. Just bump him off of your hand and he'll figure it out.

I have seen horses lean just because they're unbalanced, though if he is fine in the roundpen I think it's just a "boundary" think.
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For what it is worth I rode the top western eq horses in the country and grew up on a working cattle ranch. I train for all disciplines, and a judge, had traine horses in four disciplines to top national/international standard, and have ridden bitless and bridle less as well. For what it is also worth my mom had a circus act as well. It is not there is one correct way, but most horses react to far less than handlers/riders tend to think.
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post #23 of 89 Old 01-03-2014, 11:20 PM
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I don't like rope halters either. You'll likely see the fastest results from using any halter (nylon or rope) and starting slow and close. You have to give your house the chance to learn what you want him to know. Of course you're going to get puking and the larger the circle, the more pulling the will be. Go back to basics, be patient, and only progress when your horse is ready.

There are no short cuts. There are no quick fixes. Constant jerking won't do you or your horse any good.
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Agree Seamom.... except that I've never puked when I do circles!
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The only halters I own are rope halters have one regular one never use it. Never will use a regular halter either.

For most part I don't even need a halter just a rope around their neck so I don't need it for control my horses are very responsive. Can lead all 3 horses just by putting my hand under their chin no halter needed..
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Oh, man! I definitely missed that one. That was supposed to be "pulling", but I have certainly gotten awfully dizzy many times. Lol.
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For what it is worth I rode the top western eq horses in the country and grew up on a working cattle ranch. I train for all disciplines, and a judge, had traine horses in four disciplines to top national/international standard, and have ridden bitless and bridle less as well. For what it is also worth my mom had a circus act as well. It is not there is one correct way, but most horses react to far less than handlers/riders tend to think.


Isnt that the case! but, it takes time to have the kind of feel that you KNOW that. most folks have to start out shouting to be heard, before they realize that the horse will listen to a whisper. It might take a horse that has a habit of pulling or leaning on the lunge line a couple of "shouts", in the form of a short , sharp tug, to get his attention. just be sure taht you go and try whispering once you
DO have his attention. if you continue shouting, he'll soon tune that out and then what do you have?
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The only halters I own are rope halters have one regular one never use it. Never will use a regular halter either.

For most part I don't even need a halter just a rope around their neck so I don't need it for control my horses are very responsive. Can lead all 3 horses just by putting my hand under their chin no halter needed..
Why? If you don't need a halter even what is your logic?

I put rope halter because I think it's a viable option a lot of people use, I personally don't and wouldn't recommend it but it is an option. (Obviously we are talking for lunging also and not day to day use, though I wouldn't use it there either)
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i lunge in a rope halter and a nylon one both work for me. i also have used a rope halter with an attachment that allows for a stud chain. i never had to use it but if it gets bad try it as a last resort.
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I have never heard of a rope halter with a stud chain.. Isn't a rope halter already the same concept as a stud chain?
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