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Almond Joy 12-05-2011 08:20 PM

Riding with Halter & Leadrope?
My friends were talking about how they took their two horses for a ride using just a halter and leadrope. They said if the lead was on the right side, you would plow/direct rein to have the horse turn right, and to turn left you use neck reining. Has anyone else do this? Do all horses respond to it?

pintophile 12-05-2011 08:37 PM

Horses will respond to being rode in a halter if they have been properly trained to respond first and foremost to seat and legs, and the rider is not dependent on the bit and reins for control. If a horse will give to pressure and knows how to neck rein as well, I see no reason why they couldn't be handled like you described above.

I can and do on my horses. My older mare is broke enough that she needs little contact on the halter/lead, and though I can on my younger mare, I still don't like to ride with just one lead rope on her quite yet. It doesn't give me enough control over the situation if something were to possibly happen, and I want to try to make every ride a good one and set myself up for success every time.

bubba13 12-05-2011 08:59 PM

Or you can just flip the leadrope around and tie it so you've got a continuous rein.

Almond Joy 12-05-2011 09:06 PM


Love the vid by the way, the horse looks like it's "having a ball" :D

QHriderKE 12-05-2011 09:09 PM

I do it all the time! lol. When I get a couple horses in to ride for the day, I normally have to walk halfway down the darn pasture to catch the beasts, so I'll just hop on one with the halter and leadrope and lead the other. Depending on the horse, I might tie the lead around like a normal rein, or, for example, on my rope horse, where she operates 100% with just a the rope around her neck if need be.

We actually try and start all of our horses in a halter... except the past two... but they were a different story...

If a horse can neckrein and/or understands pressure, you should be able to ride it in a halter.

SarahAnn 12-05-2011 09:18 PM

I do it all the time too. When I go out to visit my horses I will hop on and ride around. I especially like doing this with my gelding- he loves the bareback contact and he responds by leg pressure alone, so actually I don't even need the lead rope, I just have it in case I need it. I will ride him around and then hug around his neck while on his back- he thinks its heaven.
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MHFoundation Quarters 12-05-2011 09:21 PM

I also ride mine up from pasture in halter & lead. I don't bother tying it, those that neck rein already also understand leg so I don't need it, those who aren't to that point I just flip the rope around their head when I need to switch sides to direct rein -extra desentizing too :)

Almond Joy 12-06-2011 07:02 AM

Wow! More people than I thought have done this! haha. Maybe I'll try it during my next lesson. Who knows!

thesilverspear 12-06-2011 07:31 AM

The most hassle-free method I've found is to get two 6' lead ropes, clip them to each side of the halter, and tie them together. My horse will even go "on the bit" in this set up.

CowgurlUp91 01-21-2012 11:05 PM

I do it all the time, for a first-timer I would start in a small fenced in area... It is a lot of fun!

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