Originally Posted by horsecrzy94
In response to the above post about riding in a halter, I respectfully disagree as this can be dangerous. If you can't control your horse with a slight bit only using a halter has no power to it and you will just be along for the ride with a speedy horse. While however, I disagree with that part of Doe's post, I would not discount all points made within the post.
I agree it could be dangerous, that is why I said if you have the skills etc. However I do believe that every horse can and should be able to be ridden in a halter. It is a great indicator/gauge of the horses level of training and your relationship. If you cannot ride your horse in a halter then there is something missing. It is always better to address any gaps as they always become bigger later on.
I only ever ride out on a trail etc in a halter with any horse I am on. I often get people remark that I've got balls to do that, or I must be crazy. However I take the opposite view. They take security from a bit. I do not. I have seen too many horses ride through a bit in panic. Also if a horse has truly panicked and bolted etc, then I want to bring its mind back to me as soon as possible. If I cause it pain via pulling on a bit or whatever then I do not believe that will help.
I am not saying it is the right way or the wrong way, it's just a different perspective. Too many people escalate bits and other aids for control. That in my opinion just makes for bigger problems (and falls) later on. Why can you not control a horse with just a halter? That is the question to ask.