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Elizabeth Bowers 08-23-2012 12:23 PM

Riding with a cordeo/neck rope?
I'm a little confused with this? Training horses to be ridden with a cordeo or neck rope. I like the idea, and i find it fascinating. I just don't understand it. Could some one please clarify this for me. Thank You!! I posted a link below.
Why use a Cordeo in Training? Equestrian Harmony

smrobs 08-23-2012 12:56 PM

Just from having read the blog post, I would say that is an excellent way to ruin a horse and get someone hurt.


Using a cordeo allows the horse to make a choice: whether to listen or not. He learns that if he doesn’t want to do something, you can’t make him.
That's fantastic *eyeroll*. What happens if you're riding the horse in the neck rope, he gets spooked and takes off at a run and decides he doesn't want to listen when you try to turn him away from the huge ditch or the fence that he's running right toward?

People buy into the whole "be gentle/kind/soft with your horse" thing way too much. Now, don't get me wrong, I am not one of those "beat them into submission" types...far from it. It's just my belief that being a good horseman doesn't come from attempting to use only items that can never ever hurt the horse or force them to do anything.

Being a good horseman means working to gain the knowledge and experience and ability to use whatever you want on them from a neck rope to a spade bit and being able to make one just as easy on the horse as the other.

Elizabeth Bowers 08-23-2012 12:59 PM

Aaahhh i see. I got that notion too when i first read the article. I was like what happens if the horse just freaks out? Thank you smrobs. I see your point exactly.

natisha 08-23-2012 01:20 PM

I lead my horse in & out of the barn with a lead rope around her neck. I always thought it was because I was too lazy to halter her & she knew there would be food waiting at both ends.
Little did I know it was because she loves me & we have a special bond!:wink:

DancingArabian 08-23-2012 07:14 PM

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I thought you used those as an "oh crap strap"! Now I am educated.
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rookie 08-23-2012 08:28 PM

I have seen my horses thought process and yeah he has some terrible decision making skills. I think you can get your horse to have a bond and to follow you. I think this cordeo neck thing is like training to any other tool. I am sure that with time you can get your horse to respond to it. heck people have trained their horses to ride bridleless. On a trail ride or in an open area or on a green horse or a fresh horse do I want to have the cordeo rope on him? NO! Pain is no fun, getting killed because I can't stop my horse is even worse.

nrhareiner 08-23-2012 08:59 PM

Need to put a warning at the top of this thread about needing Muck boots. That is such a load of .....

Elizabeth Bowers 08-24-2012 08:26 AM

LOL thanks everyone. I never said i was going to try it, just that it was interesting and i don't understand how it works. :-D
I ride my mare bareback and bridleless, she responds to me pulling on her mane.

rookie 08-24-2012 08:44 AM

I think its the same idea as bareback and bridleless but for people who don't want to pull on their precious angels mane. Which is just silly.

OwnedByAlli 08-24-2012 09:13 AM

smrobs, that quote you pulled out got me annoyed when I read it on the website too! I just thought 'ppffft! Bet that horse gets away with a lot'

I like the principle- train to be as quiet in your aids as possible, but the website just made me want to stay away from it.

Yes, the whole point of training a horse with any item of tack is to get the horse willing to do what you say and take your lead, with minimal pressure on your behalf. However, saying 'oh, he decided he didn't want to listen today so I wont make him' is pure dangerous. Like others have said- what happens when the horse bolts and decides he doesn't want to stop? And horses don't think rationally like we do. They don't think 'if I stop now, I wont run into the danger that could be infront' they think 'holy **** theres something scary behind me, RUN!'

I, personally, train my horse so she is always- not mostly- always going to listen to me.

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