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post #91 of 647 Old 09-19-2010, 12:36 AM
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That's kind of not true though - I had to train my boy in a halter because I could find a headstall big enough to fit his head. He was so responsive it was amazing. I don't think that would be the case for all horses, so that's why I say it's partially not true!

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post #92 of 647 Old 09-19-2010, 12:42 AM
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Yeah I can ride Soda just fine in a halter, but it's frustrating for HIM to try and learn the tiny distinctions that distinguish a well-trained horse from a plod in it. A halter doesn't allow you to explain the minute directions in specific maneuvers. I can teach him something much quicker with a bit that allows him to understand my smallest nuance than a halter that allows very little room for the subtle signal. I know he appreciates it as he's not a terribly paitent boy.

As for that whole bond thing. Soda seeks me out every single day whenever I'm in the paddock or pasture. This is a horse that sees me letting the dogs out of the kennel and will sit and whinny for me to come hang out with him. He whickers every morning and evening when I feed. In the afternoon when I'm working on barn projects in the paddock or just relaxing reading a book (yes, I'm pathetic I sit in my paddock and read books) he comes and stands by me and lips my books. He'll sit with me for hours. Don't tell me that I need a better bond with my horse because I don't train/ride him exclusively in a halter.
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No offense intended by my post Solon, we posted at the same time.
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post #94 of 647 Old 09-19-2010, 12:48 AM
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Like I said, I really think different horses respond differently. I taught everything in the halter first (bending at the poll etc.) then found a bit, then found Dr. Cook's bitless.

I think it's too bad there are restrictions on what kind of bits you have to have to show in different areas. People should be able to use whatever works for their horse.

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I agree completely with that. I understand were it comes from, but I think it's a little ridiculous to be honest.
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I know there are a lot of groups trying to get the restrictions changed (many to allow the use of bitless).

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That would be nice. I've got a couple of friends that ride their horses bitless (3 bosals and 2 Dr. Cooks). The horses love it and are really well trained. I don't see why they should be excluded from a competion because of a horse' preference. Both of these ladies have other horse that are not ridden bitless, but they've gone with what each horse is most comfortable with.
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A bond has absolutely nothing to do with it, it's about refinement. You can't get that in a halter.
What if you put thumb tacks on your halter or on your reins?
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I know Dr. Cook has made some strides within the racing community. I think eventually people will come to see there isn't any reason for bit restrictions.

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What if you put thumb tacks on your halter?
It's not necessary to do that.

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