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post #1 of 17 Old 03-18-2011, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping Halter On During a Ride; What do YOU, personally, do with the lead rope?

I don't really want to attach it to my saddle horn, so I'm in search of different techniques and suggestions. My lead ropes are really long, so that makes it harder, too. Thanks :)

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-18-2011, 04:09 PM
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I don't trail ride much anymore, but I used to take the lead rope around the base of the horse's neck and tie it back to itself (again at the base of the neck), like a great big loop.

I don't have any pics form back then, but I hope this helps :)

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Personally, I can't stand the look of a halter and leadrope with a bridle, so I never ride with both. Plus, it screws up the adjustments on the bridle because you have to make it bigger to accomodate the halter, etc. If you have D-rings on your saddle you could tie it to that, or to where you cinch up under your leg, with a quick-release not (the chain-looking one where it takes up a lot of rope)
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If it is necessary to have a halter and lead rope, I would switch to a halter bridle combo. The reins double as a lead rope. Of of the sets I have has 10 feet reins.

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I just leave the halter on under the bridle, but I also use snap on reins, so I can easily just use them to lead or tie if need be. That way I don't need to bring a lead rope.
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**Slaps palm to face** You know, I KNEW the answer would be right in front of me. I just bought clip on reins. Problem solved. Thanks!
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I just leave the halter on under the bridle, but I also use snap on reins, so I can easily just use them to lead or tie if need be. That way I don't need to bring a lead rope.

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We either put them in a saddle bag or tie the rope to the back of the saddle where the saddle bag would be. Of course, it's not still attached to the halter.

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**Slaps palm to face** You know, I KNEW the answer would be right in front of me. I just bought clip on reins. Problem solved. Thanks!
Glad I could help. Just make sure you get the thicker ones...I have the thinner ones, which work fine for my 800 lb horse who doesn't pull back when tied, but with a bigger horse, I would suggest thicker reins. Also, the snaps sometimes stick, so make sure they're well-greased/taken care of. :)
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I coil the lead rope and snap it to a D ring on the back of the saddle. I don't leave it attached to the halter.

Actually, I've only left the halter on for the last couple of rides. I think I'll probably get a nose band to use under the bridle instead of a halter. It'd be less bulky / noticeable and still give me a place to attach the lead rope when needed.

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post #10 of 17 Old 03-18-2011, 07:47 PM
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I tie it to my saddle like this
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(looped through the gullet) and tied off in a quick release.

If I have my mecate reins on, sometimes I will loop the middle section through my belt so that it is out of the way, but will not get caught up if I happen to fall & I still have a popper to spank with if needed
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