Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
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 can't 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.