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post #11 of 81 Old 04-12-2012, 08:24 PM
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I rode my retired POA in both, he was actually a tiny bit softer in the halter, which is what I used most often on him, but I would use the bit for times when I felt I wanted a little more leverage on him if necessary. He had gotten a hard in the mouth with the bit before I got him, so when I retrained him with the halter he was softer in that, and it taught him to be softer in the bit too.

I started Fargo in the rope halter and so far have been too lazy to take the time to introduce the bit properly to him. He goes great in the halter.

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post #12 of 81 Old 04-12-2012, 10:20 PM
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i've stopped caring about halter vs bit.

i've concluded that a horses mouth and a horses nose are both more sensitive than the palms of our hands, so whichever is better depends on the horses experience and the riders experience.
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post #13 of 81 Old 04-12-2012, 10:22 PM
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I ride in my leather, nylon, or rope halter.
My horse doesn't neck rein very well as all we do is english

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post #14 of 81 Old 04-12-2012, 10:36 PM
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If a horse is trained right from start to finish you should be able to ride the horse in anything, even no head gear at all.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #15 of 81 Old 04-12-2012, 10:54 PM
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i ride in both with two of my mares. I started with one because she was having serious unbridling issues, where she would freak out whenever i tried to take the bit out. I was worried it was a pain issue so while i waited for the vet to check her out, i hopped on her and taught her to respect the rope halter. honestly she does great in a rope halter, still does. When the vet told me it was a behavioral issue and not pain, i went back to the bit to make sure i work through the problems and got a different bit for her that was designed for a low palette. Now she's great for both.

My other mare was real reliable with leg and seat aids so i decided to ride her in rope halter too. I take her on trails and things and she does great. I like riding in rope halter because i like letting her graze easily when we're taking a break out on the trail, and it's just easier. While i'm shopping for a 5.5 inch curb for her (its taking me forever) I have been riding her with the halter full time. There are some subtle things with her that i cant really control AS well with the halter, but nothing that deters my own safety. just those little refining things that are best cued through a curb bit. I'm sure if i worked our ass off with a trainer we could figure it out, but since theyre just horses i have for fun i'm not worried about it.

LOVE my rope halter for relaxing laid back rides.
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post #16 of 81 Old 04-13-2012, 09:56 AM
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I think it depends on the horse. My old mare will not go in a bit, but rides wonderfully in rope halter. Have had others that prefer the bit. I personally love to ride in halter on a horse I'm familiar with.
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post #17 of 81 Old 04-13-2012, 10:09 AM
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I dont ride with a bridle or halter at all.My horses handle wonderfully.
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post #18 of 81 Old 04-13-2012, 10:17 AM
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I used to use a rope halter when my boy needed a bit more encouragement and guidance. It gives me that extra control over moving his body smoothly and cleanly. It's what I used when I first started working with him, it's a great tool when used properly, like anything used with horses I suppose.
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post #19 of 81 Old 04-13-2012, 10:26 AM
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I ride in both a rope halter and a bridle intermittently, usually the rope halter if I can't be bothered bridling or if I'm showing off. My horse has a better stop in the halter, but better turns in the bridle. He jumps better in the bridle and he works in a frame in the bridle, whereas he will absolutely refuse to come into the outline in a halter.

I used to do everything with my former pony bareback with a flat web halter and normal lead rope. Jumping, flatting, trails, whatever I did I could do bareback in a halter and he was amazing - but he DID buck bareback so I eventually gave up riding him without saddle and bit.

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post #20 of 81 Old 04-13-2012, 10:30 AM
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In my oppinion a horse should ride in both. All mine work fantastic in a rope halter, sidepull and snaffle.

A rope halter touches some pretty sensitive nerves. I no longer use them and have gone back to the flat halters.
So do bits, spurs, cinches, etc. It sounds so cliche, but the peice of equipment is only as harsh as the hands using it.
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