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post #1 of 17 Old 12-02-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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So proud! Only using rope as a bit

Not sure where to put this exactly but I'm so proud of my boy! He has been so good at accepting a bit, he holds it in his mouth and I usually have to encourage him to drop it. Today I tried just using some rope to see how he would do and he did awesome!!! He direct reined and neck reined with slack! I'm such a proud mom, so what do you guys think? Have any of you tried this before? I'm curious :)
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-02-2012, 09:07 PM
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That's awesome. It's actually good to practice. Sometimes you don't have time to saddle and bit. Ie... Loose horse. Gotta go and now. Rope and halter And off ya go. Glad you tried it and hopefully don't need to use it in an emergency
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I can honestly say ... I have never ever done that.
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looks like I know what I'm doing tomorrow!
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That's awesome. It's actually good to practice. Sometimes you don't have time to saddle and bit. Ie... Loose horse. Gotta go and now. Rope and halter And off ya go. Glad you tried it and hopefully don't need to use it in an emergency
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I never thought of that but yes, that is very true! I hope I will never actually have to use it because of an emergency, but its always better to be prepared!

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it doesnt seem that comfortable for the horse....i would rather ride with just a rope around their neck

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it doesnt seem that comfortable for the horse....i would rather ride with just a rope around their neck

Definitely agree with your gypsygirl; I would rather have a horse work off my seat/leg aids with a neck rope than an awkward leadrope in their mouth... but to each their own!
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Your consernces understood. But, if you needed to actually run a horse down over a few hundred acres...... It works
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Your consernces understood. But, if you needed to actually run a horse down over a few hundred acres...... It works
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So does a lead rope draped around the neck :) I use bailing twine around the neck too, simple and most people have it. I've just seen too many people screw up a horses mouth thinking a rope/bailing twine was gentle since it wasn't a bit :/ The less surface area a material has, the more harsh it can be in the wrong hands! That being said, I'm a believer in exposing horses to as many things as possible- I'm just saying you'll find me using my seat and legs with nothing in my horses mouth before I would dally a rope through it :)
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Yes, we have done a lot of work without a bridle and I don't even use a neck strap. He loves to please me and I him, we have a really strong bond. I just wanted to try something new :)
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