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    07-27-2010, 03:05 AM
  #1
Weanling
Bitless ?

I am looking to start my youngster bitless when the time comes. I started my previous youngster with a bit and never looked back but she was a resale project so I didn't even consider bitless. My new youngster will be a personal riding horse though so I'm going to go bitless.

I used to ride bitless alot it just a rope halter and I would like your opinions on this variation.. I just want to make sure its worth the 70$ its going to cost me.

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    07-28-2010, 12:11 AM
  #2
Foal
This is what I am up grading my geldings to after I do more training in a rope halter...
Buckaroo Leather - Loping Sidepull Hackamore

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I am not sure witch one ill buy yet, the are the perfect mix of rope halter and bosal hackamore
     
    07-28-2010, 12:25 AM
  #3
Showing
Just to give you another option, yukon, that last one you posted can also be found at www.nrsworld.com for less money.

Aztec, I would think that you could make your own very similar to that much cheaper. I would personally go with something a little harder like a rawhide bosal for the initial training stages. It may just be the horses that I ride but in my experience, even an incredible amount of groundwork and preparation won't stop some horses from deciding to buck and if they do, you need something that has a little bit of bite that can get their attention. IMHO, you just can't get that in a rope halter, plus, a halter lacks any kind of finesse at all for the more detailed training.
     
    07-28-2010, 12:49 AM
  #4
Trained
I would go for something actually designed for bitless.

When I first got Bundy he like to bronc out as he had very bad back pain. I rode him out in a rope halter and lead rope tied as reins once, and sure enough he bronced on me. Well, with his head to his chest, the point where the lead tied to the halter was actually hitting his neck so I had ZERO contact on his head - not fun! Only the fact that he was too fat to put much effot in saved me from being dumped. That was a looooong ride.

If you want a similar look, you could try something like this. I'm going to look into it when I start endurance as I like the idea of being bitless for endurance for ease of drinking. Stilla halter and useable as a halter but has a sliding chin strap for better control:



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    07-28-2010, 12:53 AM
  #5
Showing
Oh, yeah. I didn't even think about sidepull type headstalls. One of them would probably work good too because you can give a clear signal when you pick up one rein.
     
    07-28-2010, 03:07 PM
  #6
Started
You actually can get a lot of Finesse in a rope halter.
     
    07-28-2010, 05:03 PM
  #7
Showing
If that's what you want to believe, spirit, that's fine. I have ridden too many horses over too many years to believe that something so flexible and moveable as a simple rope halter can achieve any level of finesse. That is why you never see top level dressage, reining, cutting, roping, jumping horses that have been ridden all their lives in a halter.
     
    07-28-2010, 06:53 PM
  #8
Weanling
Hmm decisions decisions.. thanks for the advice and suggestions guys. I'll have to look into the other designs a bit more and then go from there!
     
    07-28-2010, 07:13 PM
  #9
Weanling
Question Finesse ?

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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
You actually can get a lot of Finesse in a rope halter.
finesse; "refinement; sublte or delicate manipulation"

A rope halter can give the delicate manipulation of the rein contact, however that being said, a rope halter cannot produce refinement in the movements of the horse. It cannot produce true and correct - lateral and longitudinal flexion - collection - engagement of the back and hindquarters.
     
    07-28-2010, 07:33 PM
  #10
Weanling
I use the one by Dr. Cook. Its works nice on my guy.
     

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