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post #11 of 13 Old 01-30-2014, 05:55 PM
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I ride western but with a crop for some helpful cues. Would like to switch to macate reins but am a little nervous about the transition. I love the idea of not holding something and having a "tie up" option also while trail riding.
You've gotten some great advice so far, but I'm curious as to what the crop and reins have to do with one another. Just a little confused. If you have to use a crop, you need to look at the reason why and work on that, instead of changing equipment. It's a training issue, not an equipment issue.
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-30-2014, 06:57 PM
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Smrobs said it, the un balanced bit when using a mecate set up on a bit and the tying with something connected to the bit are the biggest two reasons why I’d personally never use a mecate on a bit.
Different story on a bosal, but on a bit? Never. If you want a similar set up I’d be going with what Herosbud said, romel rein, that will give you a quirt to use, and just put a light rope halter under the bridle.
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Well I ordered and just received my bridle, reins, macate, slobber straps, and bit!
I follow Clinton Anderson and he uses(recommends) a macate or dressage crop to help in bending exercises. Also I have been working on trotting and cantering on a loose rein. His philosophy is squeeze, cluck, spank. (hense the macate or crop.) In time the horse will respond to the squeeze, or squeeze, cluck.

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