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post #31 of 61 Old 11-12-2008, 04:22 PM
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I always ride with a rope halter underneath.

Easier for me, and I cannot really see any downside to it.
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post #32 of 61 Old 11-14-2008, 10:24 AM
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We ride with the halter under the headstall too. It's just easier all the way around. No worries if you stop for a while, No worries if your tack fails, No worries about being worn out and slipping the bridal off and having the horse take off because it sees the green grass over yonder etc, etc.

The lead rope can also be used for a spare set of reins for a buddy that wasn't as prepared as you. I always try to be prepared...then you are in a better position to lend a hand too.

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20

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post #33 of 61 Old 11-14-2008, 06:53 PM
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I always ride with a halter on under the bridle now... I've had way too many bridles broken by my mare... I'd rather her break a halter than a bridle.

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post #34 of 61 Old 11-14-2008, 09:49 PM
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I always ride with me halter off, if I'm on a long trail ride I will tie the halter to my saddle horn.
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post #35 of 61 Old 11-16-2008, 06:04 PM
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I keep my Rainbow colored rope halter on my horses or there regular halters. They just have there ones they always wear on but I have an awesome Rope halter, I'll have to take a pictureHPIM0586.jpg
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post #36 of 61 Old 11-24-2008, 05:29 PM
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I normally trail ride with a rope halter underneath my bridle- you just never know when something is going to happen either in your group or someone else. We have come to the rescue a number of times and It always helps to be prepared.
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post #37 of 61 Old 11-29-2008, 09:05 PM
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Only time I leave a halter on a horse is when I'm leading it or tie it up I don't even leave one on when hauling.
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post #38 of 61 Old 11-30-2008, 12:45 PM
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I trail ride. Long rides, So we frequently stop for lunch or to just get off and stretch for minute. Somestime I tie the horse up and fish the rivers for bit. I leave a halter on under the headstall so I can take the bit out of their mouth, but still keep control of the horse. I use a rope halter on all my horses. I unclip and coil the lead rope up and tie it o my horn

I also carry a pair of Utah Hobbles on my saddles. For lunch we often will hobble the horses and let them graze while we eat lunch.
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post #39 of 61 Old 11-30-2008, 08:37 PM
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As an avid trail rider and endurance rider I use a biothane halter bridle. It is the best investment I have made in my tack inventory! The bit clips on/off without taking it off transforming it into a halter in seconds. The reins also have clips and can double as a lead rope in seconds.

PLUS, the biothane can be cleaned with soap and water, no leather to be cleaned or worried about in the rain/snow.
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post #40 of 61 Old 12-02-2008, 03:49 PM
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I only keep it on under my bridle if I think I'm going to need it a lot. Otherwise I wrap it up and tie it to my saddle, but if I don't think I'll need my halter, like on a short ride I just leave it at home. I use a bosal on both of my 2yr olds and the older horses just graze with thier bits in if we stop for a few minutes. Oh and I use rope halters and nylon but I prefer rope to nylon because they don't break and fit better under a bridle and are easier to take with you.
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