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    04-21-2012, 12:30 PM
I used to, but only because bridling was a hassle.

I quickly got used to it & stopped using a halter.

I can see the need for it on the trail, but not for arena riding. I also hate the cluttered look of it :/
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    04-23-2012, 06:33 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Celeste    
I have a comment on tying a horse by the reins. One of my colleagues treated a horse that had been tied by the reins on a thin snaffle bit. She panicked for some reason and set back on it. She cut off half her tongue.

I will stand and hold my horse for eternity before I tie her by the bit.
I leave the halter on for trail rides.
I am not into the fashion end of it.

I will say that you boys that post those cowboy pictures with the chaps and hats and boots are really lovely though. It makes me almost want to think about fashion myself.
If you are referring to post #90 about tying with the snaffle/mecate setup... there is a way to fix your reins so you can tie safely without damaging the horses if it were to pull back. The pressure is much like using a collar around the neck...I will try to find a pic and post.
    04-23-2012, 06:36 PM
One reason why I only buy bridles and reins with buckle ends is because they are easy to detach from the bit and make an impromptu halter and lead rope out of.
    04-23-2012, 06:56 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mildot    
One reason why I only buy bridles and reins with buckle ends is because they are easy to detach from the bit and make an impromptu halter and lead rope out of.
How do you do that?
    04-23-2012, 07:00 PM
Green Broke
Not sure who this guy is but he somewhat demonstrates the knot...

Tying a mecate knot
    04-23-2012, 07:23 PM
Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
How do you do that?
Check out my bridle. http://www.statelinetack.com/item/te...black/E000308/

See how the cheek pieces end in buckles? If you undo them the bit comes right off the bridle.

The reins I use have the same buckles on the ends and you can detach them from the bit the same way.

It's an improvisation but you can remove the reins from one side of the bit and buckle it to the bottom of the noseband. Then detach the reins from the other side of the bit and can use that end to tie it to whatever. You can leave the bit on or detach it from the bridle and let the horse graze easily.
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    04-24-2012, 03:18 AM
Originally Posted by mildot    
The more I look into this, the more I like the idea of a neck collar that can be put on in seconds instead of having a halter on all the time under the bridle.

Less junk on the horse's face = better.

It doesn't look cowboy or NH-ish, but that is even more of a plus for me.

Picket Line Adjustable Neck Collar - Horse.com

Free Head Horse Collar - LuckyPony.com
This is what I do, and I love it.

If we're just going to stop for a quick "pee break" on trail, I leave his bridle on.

On longer breaks (lunches, etc) the collar goes on, the bridle comes off, and my horse can stand at the hitching post or tree or rail and scratch all the itchy spots to his heart's content, without the worry of him breaking my bridle. When it's time to go, the bridle goes on and the head-collar easily roles into a compact little ball that I can stuff into my saddle bag. The lead rope gets re-knotted and clips onto the side of my saddle, and we're ready to move off again.

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