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post #21 of 41 Old 01-13-2014, 08:54 PM
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Agreed that's why I braided the lace. I put in on one of my fingers and pulled hard to see it it cut it. The braid wont let it cut it. I also can't pull too hard because the lace will snap so its a fail safe for her there (hence why the halter with reins was on). If I had a small enough rope I would try it. I might get a wide leather strap and try it.
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post #22 of 41 Old 01-13-2014, 09:01 PM
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Yep, just a modified version of the war bridle.

I've piddled around with one a bit but they don't have much finesse to them, about like riding in a halter. The rope ones anyway, I've never tried to make one with a snaffle.

It appears that it works well for her and her horse.
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post #23 of 41 Old 08-19-2016, 05:42 AM
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its a war bridle/bit - the native americans used it when they went to war so that if thy fell of the bit would release and the horse could run off without getting catch/tied with the loose reins
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post #24 of 41 Old 08-19-2016, 10:24 AM
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Just remember the thinner the rope/leather, the more concentrated the pressure.
Exactly!
Where can the release of pressure be, when pressure is needed either by that loop under the chin (I tight curb strap, with no release, or, hanging on the reins,with no head stall to hold bit in mouth?
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Its not a bit if you look closely. Its just to O rings attached to the leather (rubber?) I think its called an Indian War Bridle (or a thong bit but I would not google it -_-'). Gauchos also use the war bridle.







Gaucho style war bridles.
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post #26 of 41 Old 08-19-2016, 10:31 AM
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from an article in western horseman

'Native Americans usually rode their ponies with a hide-based cord that looped around the horse’s lower jaw. As they were exposed to more explorers, settlers and horsemen, they eventually adopted a more traditional European saddle and bit, and the war bridle became a thing of the past.

As with any bit, the war bridle can be a severe instrument when utilized incorrectly. It puts the rider in very direct contact with the horse’s mouth and allows for only limited left and right motion. Those who I have talked to about using one have recommended riding a horse that’s used to packing a bit with leverage and is broke to neck reining.
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post #27 of 41 Old 08-19-2016, 10:37 AM
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Today, of course, there is the modification of the war Bridle, used for restraint, with a rope run over the poll, and it is very severe
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post #28 of 41 Old 08-19-2016, 12:05 PM
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my mare had no issues with it. I made it so that if too much pressure was made the leather would break. She had no issue. I also did not tie it tight. She could spit it out if she wanted and he neck rained well (could use just my hands on her neck). Would never do it on a horse that did not listen well in just a halter or a curb (knowing both work on the horse). Its a moot point as of now. Mare is permanently retired due to injury/"navicular".
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Yes, I can see where it would be mild, on a horse used to giving, but see absolutely no advantage over a GOOD metal bit, along with ahead stall, that helps to carry that bit, when the horse has not picked it up
Rawhide, also, once wet, can dry loosing it' smooth form or fit, and then there is the diameter versus severity.
I guess what I find all too often, is the idea if the first nations used some equipment, it was somehow more 'natural, more humane' and that they all had very gentle horse training and riding techniques, and history disproves that view!
There were some very harsh training methods use, and I for one, would never put one of those Indian saddles, seen in museums on any of my horses!
Frankly, I don't get why one would wish to use such a bridle. Either it has to be tight around the lower jaw, or the rider can never ride with a loose rein.
Sometimes, old and the past is not always better!
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post #30 of 41 Old 08-19-2016, 01:24 PM
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it can be lose and I only ride on a lose rein. My mare held it in her mouth for the most part. She did spit it out when I hoped off. Its fun for just messing around and maybe some sort of costuming. But I would never use it out of the arena. And I would not use rawhide! Yow ever seen what one looks like/ feels like after a dog has had at it! Yikes!
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