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    03-12-2012, 03:43 PM
Originally Posted by faye    
Duffy, how far are you from the Belgian border? I'm over in Belgium later on in the year, could do a day trip and take her out for you (provided I am supplied with a step ladder to get on with!) am quite happy to get on anything (as evidenced by me repeatedly getting back on Reeco!) and I'm very very hard to unseat.

Around 45 minutes.. you're more than welcome to come and say hi and ride!! And we have step ladders xD
I managed to cling on for dear life when I discovered how petrified she is of whips.. was more scared of my trainer (if you meet her, you will understand LOL)

One rein stop.. urm.. no idea.. I need to google or look in training section... is this where you pull nose to shoulder? In which case, no idea, never had to put it into effect as she stops from seat...

Also, first time I lead her out I am going to do it with bridle/lungeline. Where she has respect for a rope halter, I would rather have the extra precaution of something I know WILL stop her if needs be.

Thanks for the tips trailrider!! SHe will follow me anywhere, as far as I am aware, so it'll be good to desensitize her to all these things :)
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    03-12-2012, 04:11 PM
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One rein stop.. urm.. no idea.. I need to google or look in training section... is this where you pull nose to shoulder? In which case, no idea, never had to put it into effect as she stops from seat...
Mine stops from seat as well, but the first thing I teach is the one rein stop. It came in handy yesterday when a tractor back fired 20' away on the other side of some trees. Scared me and my horse, but I just pulled her head around, stopped and carried on down the trail. Just like how you feel comfortable knowing you can stop her in a bridle, I like to know I have an emergency stop on all my horses, for those times when the unexpected happens. I've never had any horse I taught a one rein stop to run away with me.
    03-12-2012, 04:14 PM
I would used caution leading with a bridal. You don't want the bit hitting against your horses teeth, and they can break easier then a good halter. If she has a sensitive mouth, she might rear to escape the pressure on the bit. I would work on groundwork before leaving the arena, so you know you can control her first.

One rein stop:

This is a great video about the kind of groundwork I like to practice with my trail horses:
    03-12-2012, 04:21 PM
Can't watch vids on this computer (grr)
And the bridle should be fine, she has a soft mouth and we've had to do plenty of leading in it, its just extra security, and she relaxes more in it than a rope headcollar.

Thanks for all the advice guys, you have no idea how much this has helped!

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