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    01-05-2014, 08:33 PM
  #81
Green Broke
Oops, sorry, thought you said you did tie in a trailer. Nylon isn't guaranteed to break but it is much more likely to. Especially if it has a breakaway strap, and as said the hardware is weak. I've seen horse snap relatively new hardware doing basic horse things (playing/scratching/etc).

I'm glad your gelding is so well trained, my comment wasn't directed at you/your horse specifically :)
     
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    01-05-2014, 08:55 PM
  #82
Trained
Too short.
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    01-05-2014, 09:52 PM
  #83
Green Broke
That literally made me LOL and then I looked at the giraffes face and felt guilty for laughing..
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    01-05-2014, 11:00 PM
  #84
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Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
Oops, sorry, thought you said you did tie in a trailer. Nylon isn't guaranteed to break but it is much more likely to. Especially if it has a breakaway strap, and as said the hardware is weak. I've seen horse snap relatively new hardware doing basic horse things (playing/scratching/etc).

I'm glad your gelding is so well trained, my comment wasn't directed at you/your horse specifically :)

I know you comment wasnt aim at me directly I just wanted it clear I don't tie, horses in trailer with rope halters.

Because my horse comes forward off pressure from halter when I lunge he's very soft with body bent in direction of circle. He follows a feel and a very light lunges with a loop in rope.

Iv have put many hours into him this didnt happen in a month. I want my horse soft and light on end of rope same when I ride.

Not saying he would never come unglued and pull back but iv put training into him to hopefully lessen that chance.

After all he is a horse and horses can be horses sometimes but I can read him, I know him well enough I can see trouble before it starts.
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    01-06-2014, 11:14 AM
  #85
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This thread seems to have gone off in so many directions its hard to keep up with
A few comments from me
A horse that hasn't been taught to give to pressure using a release as a reward will most always pull away from the pressure to try to escape it because that's their natural reaction. The end of a lunge line is not the place to teach a horse to give to pressure
IMO rope halters and bridles bitless or bitted are not the right thing to train a horse to lunge in. You need either a proper lunging cavesson or a snug fitting leather halter (headcollar as we call them in the UK)
For a horse that's just learning and acting up like this one I would begin by walking him around the lunge area at my side and have him walk trot and halt to verbal commands gradually increasing my distance from him as he responds to what I'm asking him to do until he was moving around me while I stood in the centre
He also needs to learn that the whip is not a weapon and that the whip and your verbal & body language is there to ask him to go forwards, eventually around you and not away from you
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    01-06-2014, 11:38 AM
  #86
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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?
Food for thought.
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    01-12-2014, 08:49 PM
  #87
Weanling
Wow, I somehow missed ALL of these replies. I never got any emails for some reason! I thought no one ever replied!

Thank you all for all the information, super helpful. I haven't even finished reading through all of them!

For what's it's worth - I have never lunged with a bit, but when I have asked about the pulling before, some suggestions included using a bit.
Thanks!
     
    01-13-2014, 02:31 AM
  #88
Green Broke
You can lunge with or without a bit, but I would not look at the bit as a solution to the pulling.
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    01-13-2014, 10:37 AM
  #89
Started
The horse may want to jsut get wider so he has more room to go around and higher speeds. It is very difficult for horses to lope in small circles.

In a round pen they can have more freedom and go out or come in slightly more to their benefit.
My horse does the same thing, and all I do is just shake the leadrope slightly and he gets better.
In the round pen he is about a foot away from the edge of the round pen, and when I ask him up he moves out a little more.
     

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