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post #11 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 11:43 AM
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I used to ride Red all the time with his halter on under his bridle. It isn't as pretty as without but it is practical.

I purchased a Taylored Tack Halter/Bridle for endurance riding. (hahahah not going to be competing for awhile though) While halter/bridles aren't as pretty as just a bridle - the practical side wins out - they are fantastic on a trail ride. In a second I can unsnap the reins and snap it to the halter ring like I did yesterday while I dismounted and handed The Biscuit off to my riding buddy while I trotted over to check out a gate opening. I can drop the bit set off of this halter bridle with one little movement. I love it.

I have a fairly new leather bridle that hasn't been on Biscuit since Christmas. I don't know that I will ever ride with it again - love the halter bridles!
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post #12 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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I agree 100% Corporal.
The trails around me can be INSANE in some areas. LOL big time on tying a horse with a bridle! Nope. We were holding the horses when we stopped, but I would have rather held them with a lead when they got antsy. We were using snaffles on the greenies and ported curbs on the fresh horses and they did fantastic, but you can't expect them not to act adversely in a bad situation when they haul off and slam on the bit.
When I think of old time riders I see them having a lead attached to a halter under the bridle wrapped around the horn etc.
My friend is AMAZING with her horses, she's my mentor. But I can't tell her anything. LOL, love her to death! Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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post #13 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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QOS, I love your purple halter/bridle! I dig them for the practicality too, and the fact they don't get moldy! Biscuit always looks so purdy!
Fancy lookin, no. Functional, yes.
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post #14 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 12:15 PM
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I ride with halters on. Have done multi-day trips for years and never had issues with sores or any other problems due to riding with a halter on. I have however been saved by the halter many times when a bridle or reins broke etc...
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post #15 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 12:43 PM
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My headstall is specifically designed to be quickly snapped on and off a rope halter. There is also no throat latch in the desgn, the rope becomes the throat latch part.
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post #16 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 01:03 PM
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I trail ride in a halter/bridle combination. The bit snaps onto the halter and is easy to take off. Then, you just have the halter.

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post #17 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 01:21 PM
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wow Allison that's a beautiful shot!

So if a person only rides with a bridle and no halter, how do you tie your horse?

I only ride with a bridle now but I'm a greenie riding short trails not far from the barn. If I was out on a long trail or weekend trek, I'd definitely do the halter/bridle combo.
I can see why someone wouldn't want to do it, but I can't imagine why someone would so strongly object to another person doing it.
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post #18 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 02:08 PM
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I never liked the bit hanger style combo halter bridles. Seems I couldn get the horse to hold still, was just a pain dealing with the bit hangers. Also seemed to busy and too many doodads on his head.
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post #19 of 35 Old 03-05-2012, 02:32 PM
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I always have an halter under my bridle or an halter bridle combo on, but I also did 11 hour trails rides in the mountains where you have to take breaks An short ride for us is 6 hours with 1 break. It just makes sense to us, because when I times the green horses need ponied. Looks wise, I know it doesn't look at good, but safety manners more.

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Most trail rides for me are ALL day. So we are getting off and eating lunch. During hunting season, I get off, tie the horse to a tree and go watch some elk terrain or push thru some brush. During the summer, I often stop and fish for an hour along a river. By leaving the halter on, it's always there when I need to tie the horse up.

I may slip the headstall off so its more comfortable to the horse not to have a bit in his mouth while he waits for me. But I don't have to worry about finding a halter or the off chance that the horses will leave me while I have the headstall off and trying to put a halter back on.

But then I often turn my horses loose to graze around camp. If that is where the trailer is, They know that is home, They may wander around but usually come when called.

A mare rolling in fresh grass while out grazing with camp in the back ground.
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