Originally Posted by Muppetgirl
Wanstrom my mind is so open you can see what little grey matter I have!!! LOL
ONE DAY I'd like to try training my own bridle horse......
In fact....here's the first question......could an already broke horse (reining) be retrained to be a bridle horse? Providing conformation is correct....and correct me if I'm wrong, but in a perfect world the set of the horses neck into the shoulder, high or low, can affect its ability to be trained for bridle?
Well, in my experiences, horses that are already trained can sometimes be easier to make a bridle horse than a young colt. Given they will already be set in their ways some, but most anything is possible. I recently bought a 9 year old buckskin mare, trained for nine years in Parelli methods. She came up for sale at a fatanstic price so I thought I would give the whole retraining thing a shot. It took a lot of time just to get the mare to relax, air out and be a horse again. The mare was previously ridden in a long shank snaffle. I then moved her into a correction bit, then into a two rein with a half-breed mouthpiece. Granted I had to adjust my program. I never use correction bits on my bridle horses I start from the ground, but in this mare's case that is what I needed to do. I then worked from a two rein and she is now push-button and straight up in a spade bit. It took a good four months to get her to that point though. The biggest challenge with retraining a horse to be a bridle horse is to figure out where you need to pick up and start the bridle-making process. If the horse has been ridden in a snaffle it's entire life, then picking up at the hackamore stage would probably be best, or for instance a horse can be ridden in a ported bit, then you could probably pick up at the two rein stage. What type of bit is your horse in at the moment that you are looking to retrain?
As far as your other question goes, horses with higher neck sets just tend to carry their heads higher, which in the bridle horse world, that's fine I have a roan mare and her neck ties in very high into her shoulder, she just carries the bridle in her own way. She flexes at the poll nicely, but carries her head higher than most horses, but she is one of my most favorite horses to ride, just the slightest touch of the rein on her neck and she will move her whole body.