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post #21 of 61 Old 10-08-2008, 07:00 AM
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I rarely have a halter underneath because I haven't come across a time when I've wanted to tie my horse. It would be useful come to think of it. The main reason is because I don't know what to do with the lead rope while I'm riding...

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post #22 of 61 Old 10-08-2008, 05:58 PM
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I don't even know why I own halters, I so rarely use them. I have clips on my reins so I can take them off easily and if I'm going on a long ride, or unfamiliar territory I might be inclined to take along my neck line, but that's it.
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post #23 of 61 Old 10-09-2008, 01:44 PM
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I used to be a halter person. Now i just leave them on my one pony because he is such a trouble maker, you never know when he is going to get loose. The others i leave the halter off because i know i can catch them easily and they are less likely to get out. Also the pony is the herd leader so if they do get out, i just grab him and start to lead him away, the others will follow.
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post #24 of 61 Old 10-12-2008, 12:06 AM
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all these pics make me reeeally wanna go on a trail ride with my guy tomorrow =D im so exctied now =P

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post #25 of 61 Old 10-12-2008, 11:21 AM
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I never used to ride with a halter but now that I have my trouble-maker younger horse I have started. I also leave one on my older horse now too. It's nice to have in case as everyone has said. Just tie the lead rope to the horn. Sometimes I don't even have a lead rope if it's just a short ride though. Just the halter in case something happens. He doesn't ever take off and leave for good. He always comes back.

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post #26 of 61 Old 10-12-2008, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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There have been 2 times this last year I thanked the good lord I had a halter on under the headstall. Once when I fell and was injured to badly to ride. My husband could pony my horse home and bring the truck back for me. The second My headstall broke (screw fell out) and I had to ride home with the reins attached to the halter.
Just those 2 times makes it worth leaving it on every time.
I have quit taking a lead rope unless its a long or unfamiliar ride. I have clips on my reins and just use them as a lead.

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post #27 of 61 Old 10-17-2008, 11:02 AM
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I always ide with halters now, my green TB dumped me and took off down a highway, when I finally got her I had to make a halter out of a lead rope someone let me borrow and she was a pain to lead.
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post #28 of 61 Old 10-18-2008, 05:17 PM
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We always ride with halters under the headstalls and a lead attached and hung around the horn. In case of an equipment break it is really important to be able to keep control under any situation.
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post #29 of 61 Old 11-12-2008, 06:38 AM
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We always ride with the halters underneath, although I sincerely love to see the horses with bare faces.
I find it more important to be able to keep control in difficult situations whenever they possibly could happen.
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post #30 of 61 Old 11-12-2008, 03:17 PM
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If we plan to make stops, we bring halters and leads to tie the horses and let them chill for a little..

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