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post #1 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Tie down/Hackamore mistake

Hey guys I know what happens was stupid!!!
But I'm a English rider and I accidentally bought a tie down thinking it was a Hackamore ughhhhhh
Can I still ride in just a tie down ??
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-13-2014, 08:07 PM
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Tie downs attach to the girth of the saddle and have no place for rein attachment ;) so no, you can't ride in only a tie down. However, you can most definitely ride with a western saddle and your english bridle and bit :)

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I shall take the opposite view, Endiku, for the sake of debate: If the horse listens well and there's a bit of room to make adjustments to noseband part of the tie down and it is of the design that has a ring where noseband and tie strap meet, then I think it is possible to use it as a hackamore recognizing that it would be just for fun and not appropriate to take into a show and it would probably be considered 'mild' and not have much stopping power to it.

OP, can you provide us with a picture of the tie down to help out here, please?
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I suppose you could, I'm just not sure how safe it would be given that it could probably fairly easily slide off of the ears if the horse shook its head. I'd also think it would move about strangely when rein pressure is applied, and you'd have to take the tie down strap totally off and attach reins to the very bottom. I'd imagine it would be a bit harsher than just a halter too given that it is made of stiff rope.

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Agree with Endiku that you would need to put a proper bridle/headstall on or it could easily flip off and the place to tie the reins is at the 'bottom'. From the photo, I see it looks like it of a similar style of a 'bosal' and it might be a good idea to wrap it with something soft (like vet wrap) as it could be harsh since it may not function the same way a true bosal will because it's lacking the traditional knot piece that goes under the jaw that works as part of setting up the balance (of course, on the other hand, it may provide a milder action because it doesn't balance the traditional way - only way know is to try it). If you're going to go ahead with the experiment, do it initially in a controlled place (eg pen or arena) in case there's some kinks that develop.

Let us know how it works out.
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Technically, you can ride in just about anything. Whether or not it's safe or a good idea is another question altogether.

A tie down is the equivalent of a standing martingale.

You could adjust it and maybe get a working bosal out of it, but if the horse isn't trained/experienced with it, you may end up in a world of trouble. Better to just return it and get the correct thing you need.
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Like others have said, if the horse is trained enough, then technically it's possible, but it's not ideal. You'd need a different headstall at the very least. With the noseband being loose, it would be very easy for the hanger (the strip of leather holding it up) to slip off over an ear and then you'd be bridle-less.

Like DA said, it would likely be best to just return it or exchange it for what you need.

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