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post #21 of 33 Old 08-01-2011, 01:52 PM
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I know and ride with plenty of people who use hackamores and bosals on the trail. It's what ever works best for you and your horse.

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post #22 of 33 Old 08-14-2011, 06:30 PM
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If your horse did that well on her first trail, it sounds like you did great. Maybe my arabs are just a little hot blooded, but I usually figure that if I am alive and nobody got hurt on the first dozen rides or so, we did ok. I try to go out with people who are willing to go slow. Spooking from a walk is easier to calm than spooking from a canter.
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post #23 of 33 Old 08-15-2011, 11:47 AM
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Agree with everyone else, use what works! My horse actually does WORSE in a bit than his side pull. At least with him, less is more. He fights and braces, chomps on the bit but he is relaxed and happy in the side pull. I feel I have more control because he is much more willing to respond to my aids and isn't concerned with whats in his mouth.
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post #24 of 33 Old 08-22-2011, 11:46 AM
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I think you should use whatever works best for you.

We have big organized trail rides sometimes where I live and there is a guy who rides his horse completely bridless... he has just a thin rope around the base of the horse's neck for back up. And his horse never steps out of line and is perfectly behaved.

There are lots of ettiquette rules. But no rules so much on what tack to use or not use. As long as you feel safe and everyone around you is safe, then use whatever you feel is appropriate for your horse
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post #25 of 33 Old 08-22-2011, 12:34 PM
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LOL! That is crazy! I ride my horse bareback with just a rope and halter. Of course that is just trails in my neighbors field. But I trust her completely. Only time I use the bit and bridle is when riding on the road. Just a little added safety and control. However I don't really feel she needs it!
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post #26 of 33 Old 08-22-2011, 04:03 PM
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LOL! That is crazy! I ride my horse bareback with just a rope and halter. Of course that is just trails in my neighbors field. But I trust her completely. Only time I use the bit and bridle is when riding on the road. Just a little added safety and control. However I don't really feel she needs it!

Must be nice!! My horse is a bit to flighty for that..........

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post #27 of 33 Old 08-29-2011, 09:55 PM
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I say good thing that lady don't ride in my neck of the woods or she would just be mad all the darn time ...hahaha we ride and CONTROL our horses in whatever it takes...snaffles, medium ports w/ rollers, hacks, bosal, and yes the handy dandy HALTER AND A LEAD ROPE! Whatever you can control your horse in is all you need to ride in...plain and simple. Next time you get "You should have a bit in that horses mouth on the trail" suggest to her that she gets her head out of the the old western movies and in the real world(and say it witha real SWEET smile on Your face and then ride away)...just because you watch cowboys on TV doesn't give you cowboy knowledge for crying out loud....
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post #28 of 33 Old 08-30-2011, 03:36 AM
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We have big organized trail rides sometimes where I live and there is a guy who rides his horse completely bridless... he has just a thin rope around the base of the horse's neck for back up. And his horse never steps out of line and is perfectly behaved.
Amazing! I use a bit on my greenbroke mare, only b/c she is really headstrong and stubborn and she bucked me the two times I used a hack, but she did well on it up until then, lol...

I want to eventually get her into a hack. I actually respect people who have enough control and respect of their horses that they don't need a piece of metal in their mouth.
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post #29 of 33 Old 08-30-2011, 04:37 AM
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Hello! It is not the other riders' business! Especially if you have control - which is a basic thing any trail rider should have anyway. We ride our ponies in bitless bridles, plus the little shetland pulls a little jinker - bitless and blinkerless.
I think it is rather ignorant of anyone to tell you what to use, be polite and do not let them bother you.
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post #30 of 33 Old 08-30-2011, 05:33 AM
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My opinion for what its worth. As long as your horse will listen to you when under preasure what's the problem. Even a horse that is controlled with a bit will take it by the teeth and bolt if in fear, and the bit won't stop it.

A calm head by the rider can bring it back under control. Having a horse that will give you its head when asked will respond to a one rein stop better than one being hauled on by both reins while heading in a straight line.

Sounds like the person who made the comment about having to have a bit perhaps should try it for themself and decide which method is best. Hauling back on a bit and risk the horse going over backwards or turning the horse into a decreasing circle.
If you trust your horse to listen to you and it has good brakes and manners, then indicate to those who disagree to take a running jump.

I use a bit, however Stella has taught me she objects to me being to hard, by shaking her head, flicking her tail hard, and will stretch out her head, taking the pressure out of my grip and the moment I release she settles. She prefers a loose rein. But I learnt that from the horse, by listening to her.
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