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post #11 of 17 Old 12-02-2012, 11:11 PM
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And that's fine with me. I love a leg driven horse. But ya gotta do what ya gotta do when the time comes.
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post #12 of 17 Old 12-02-2012, 11:32 PM
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That's very interesting. If I recall correctly, some American Indians rode horses in a similar set up, with a rope looped around the lower jaw.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-02-2012, 11:37 PM
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That's very interesting. If I recall correctly, some American Indians rode horses in a similar set up, with a rope looped around the lower jaw.
Yep! Those were ghost cords or cherokee bridles, generally made of a thin sinew that passed through the mouth. A friend of mine works his cows in these- only on his most seasoned horses though, as they really need to learn how to use their back end before they can be that light. Cool to watch though! Definitely not a training tool, just something special to use on his soft horses who don't need a lot of contact.
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That's awesome! Ive never heard of that before, well I've learned my something new for the day haha, I have to go look up ghost cords/ Cherokee bridles!
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Should have just tried it with rope around the neck see how much control you really have.Will tell you how much you horse really responds to your seat & legs. I know I tried it with a mare I had ,she did amazingly well,never thought... then again I always second guessed that mare & seem to always expect the worst from her, unlike my Boys who loved her & was their favorite mount....
I relieze now how much I really miss her,shouldn't have sold her
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post #16 of 17 Old 12-03-2012, 02:37 AM
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horsea-- you and you horse both look happy!
I did try that a couple of times, the training programme I was in a used that for one of the lessons, but a couple of people said the rope had got caught, or their horse had stood on it? , I can't remembet the exact details but the outcome was a couple of horses with cut mouths and that put me off trying it again.
I have to say it wasn't a thick rope like the one in your picture, it was a thin savvy string. I dont think the thicker rope would cause a cut.

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I wouldn't do this personally. I would be too worried that, should the horse spook or something similar, just the act of hauling a horse in out of self defense would leave rope burns in the horse's mouth.

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