I guess the question is, should I be using a stud chain on my weanling?
Well, I guess he's technically not a weanling yet, because he's not weaned. But I have a 6 month old colt that I have been ponying out on another horse away from his mom, and riding mom away from him. So he is used to being separated.
What I am wondering is, is it considered okay and proper to pony him and take him for walks with a stud chain under his jaw?
I started using one when he would get all bouncy and sometimes pull back when being ponied. It made a world of difference. Now if I take him for walks down the road, I use it too. He is much more respectful in it, and doesn't try to pull away or act up like he used to without it.
But at the same time, I feel kind of like he shouldn't NEED a stud chain. What do you think? Okay to use while he is still learning manners and going for walks with me, or are we going down the wrong path?
I did try a rope halter a couple of times, and he has more respect for the chain. The rope halter didn't seem all that different from the nylon halter I normally use with him.