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post #1 of 18 Old 01-11-2009, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Riding with a halter

Isn't riding with a halter like riding bridless? It would seem that the horse would stop from seat and turn with leg pressure but wouldn't respond much to the halter other than a little bit of side pressure on the face.
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-11-2009, 05:13 AM
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Im guessing riding in a halter is like riding in a bitless side pull, I may be wrong.

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post #3 of 18 Old 01-11-2009, 09:29 AM
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Depends. Do you have leadlines/reins attaches to both sides of the halter? Or is it just halter and rider with no ropes or lines attached? Because if its a halter and leads then its kinda the same as riding with a bitless "bridle" because a bridle is a steering devise. If its just a halter then its like riding without a bridle.
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I've ridden with a halter and lead rope before, when I go bareback, or feel like just hopping on. I always attach the lead rope from both sides. The first couple times I did it, it was fine. But then my mare suddenly realized.. I don't have a bit in my mouth, and started to take advantage of it. I think its fine if your not doing any major work, but I still prefer a bridle.

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I've ridden with a halter and lead rope before, when I go bareback, or feel like just hopping on. I always attach the lead rope from both sides. The first couple times I did it, it was fine. But then my mare suddenly realized.. I don't have a bit in my mouth, and started to take advantage of it. I think its fine if your not doing any major work, but I still prefer a bridle.


I agree. I like riding with the halter and lead rope like she explained. It's much more relaxed for both me and my horses. But it's harder with the younger one. I have more control with the bit and bridle. But I do like to switch it up a little for both of us now and then. I don't do any work or long trail rides with the halter, though.

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I've jumped 2' in a leadrope/halter.. the lead was clipped to the middle ring and i was just holding it on one side of his neck ^^

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post #7 of 18 Old 01-12-2009, 10:40 PM
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It depends on whether you use a basic nylon halter or a rope halter. The rope halter has a closer effect to a hackamore. In natural horsemanship you ride in a rope halter for a long time, with either one rein or two.

A nylon halter is a little different though and because it is thicker it is less severe.

It's not exactly the same because the cues are different and the areas where pressure is exerted aren't the same.
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I've ridden in just a halter. LOL...can you spell disaster? No..I didn't hit the ground or anything, but the halter was sliding all over the poor girl's face. Got up in her eyes and everything. (nylon web halter.) If anything, for us it caused a lot of confusion.
I also have the bitless bridle. That confused her a bit at first, too, because of the way it crosses beneath the jowels. So..if you want to go left...they are feeling pressure on the right. But horses move AWAY from pressure, so after the first session...she had it down pat!





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post #9 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 02:40 PM
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It really depends on if the horse is easily intimidated or headstrong. I've worked with horses of both types, both can be ridden properly with a halter + leads but you just have to do things a bit differently :) Horses that are intimidated easily need more leg cues, horses that are headstrong may need some stronger pulls and possibly a light jiggle of the end of the leads. Riding with a halter and leads is basically different from riding with a bridle only because you have to use your arms differently for it to be a bit more effective, you usually have to pull your arms out to the side more so their head turns, whereas on a bit and bridle you would tug the reins straight back. Riding with a halter is usually more eventful if you are looking for some excitement in life, or just a change in things. Some horses resent changes, it all depends on the horse like most other things.
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I have an older ex-lesson horse that I ride in a halter more than with a bit. She has learned over the years to ignore the bit because of all the little kids that rode her and used the reins for balance. She is a lot more responsive with just a halter because she actually pays attention to what I want.

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