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post #11 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 02:57 PM
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I ride my 9 year old gelding in a halter (rope) he is very responsive to it. I only ride him in the arena (haven't ventured out yet) but I dont think that would cause too much of a problem if/when we do. He too was an ex-lesson/trail/camp horse and my fiance and I felt the need to give him a break from the bit, and in turn we saw the Gem much preferred going bitless.

I did ride my (at the time) 4 year old mare in the same rope halter and I just felt it was a diaster waiting to happen. We have not tried it since.

I also briefly rode my qh gelding with nothing on, but it was more for just a "lets chill and relax" then any actual work. I let him go where he wanted.

I did get a bosal for him but I have yet to use it. Saving that for the Spring.
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post #12 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 03:02 PM
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Yeah, you could say that. I think if you have reins/rope hooked to the sides of the halter, it's kinda like a bridle. Except bitless of course.

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post #13 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 03:56 PM
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I think only the well trained horses would respond to your seat and weight on their back because I know for a fact that growing up with a horse and riding with a halter my poor mare only making sense of what I was asking of her by the pressure on her halter

Most of us tend to be pretty obvious with our aids when riding bareback and I think only the REALLY well trained horses are going to be responding only to your seat, a recent video posted which would be a good example of that. Just tried to look for it on this forum but could not find it. It was the video of a gal riding bareback in a hay field cut down on a bay?? I believe?

if anyone what video I'm talking about, love some help
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post #14 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 08:54 PM
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A horse we used to have was among the group of dead broke, bombproof horses. He'd always go as far back in the grass pasture as possible and wouldn't feel like coming up for feed time so I'd have to run out there with my halter and lead and go get him. I'd set him by a stump or something and climb on and just ride him up with the lead attached to the middle ring.

I tried to do this with Gizmo the other day when I was out walking him in the snow but failed lol. I was on the roundbales and trying to get him to get close enough so I could get on but he'd be just that teensy bit out of reach. Sure, I could have gotten on him all right but I'd have dropped down onto his back and struggled a bit. He's only four and I didn't feel like it was worth the risk of freaking him out having me just drop down from a high place onto his back so I reluctantly just lead him back. I will do it one day soon though. xD

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post #15 of 18 Old 01-14-2009, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose View Post
But then my mare suddenly realized.. I don't have a bit in my mouth, and started to take advantage of it.
Same with my mare. As long as she found out she can start graze and I couldn't stop her at all in halter (she's very head strong) she took advantage of me. So I do ride occasionally in ring, but not on trails anymore...
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post #16 of 18 Old 01-14-2009, 08:42 AM
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Riding in a rope halter is much more effective then riding in a flat nylon or leather halter. It provides pressure to delicate pressure points on the face and top of the poll, like a hackamore. I have started green horses with rope halters, and they have done great. When they start to push through it then you move them into a simple O ring snaffle or D snaffle and incorporate that with the commands of the rope halter. It works really well, and the horses come off working well out of the halter.

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post #17 of 18 Old 01-14-2009, 09:24 AM
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I ride my gelding Liberty bareback with a halter all the time, he responds to it really well. We go out on trail rides with it, and ive even jumped him over a 2' course like that, its fun!
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post #18 of 18 Old 01-14-2009, 11:14 AM
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I ride my mare and colt with a halter and lead every so often... My colt is still learning to respond to seat and let commands, and since he isn't ridden on a schedule (he's a coming three year old and he's ridden maybe once a month). My mare has never been ridden with seat/leg cues, but I'm trying to get her used to them slowly... it's not working too well (lol) so riding her with a halter is always a challenge.

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