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post #11 of 19 Old 06-27-2019, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't ask the owner because I was hesitant about jumping in too far when I wasn't sure whether or not the first meet would work out. That's my mistake, and I'll make sure to ask the owner when I go out and ride the horse this week. I'll also try to lead him with my halter without a chain and see how he does.
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post #12 of 19 Old 06-27-2019, 06:48 PM
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It sounds to me like you would benefit having someone with experience come with you to try out these horses.
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post #13 of 19 Old 06-28-2019, 01:43 AM
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I've used stud chains on a TON of horses. Some for control, some for other reasons. I would not necessarily be concerned about it. I have my own horse that I used one on regularly, while he's not a beginner's horse he's not difficult to handle, but he is strong and if grazing for example I'd rather just not deal with corrections constantly. Does he *NEED* one no. I've also worked at a barn that all the horses had stud chains. If I have a lead with a chain I will likely use it. A foot long (or w/e) piece of metal waving around isn't always pretty, it's not harsh to just have it sitting there if you put it on properly. Sort of it's there if you need it if not then fine, like holding a crop when you ride.

The fact the horse bit you the first time meeting is a red flag.

It sure sounds like an "actual stud chain" it may or may not have been attached properly (Thanks for pointing that out DC, pet peeve!) but as I said it's not necessarily a red flag. I'd just ask why they have a chain on him. And DO make pointed questions, it's ok and expected even.
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post #14 of 19 Old 06-29-2019, 04:05 AM
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For everyday use a stud chain is not the norm I have used o stud during breeding season , one youngster with manner issues.otherwise not routinely used. Would be red flag if used in everyday practice!! Know When showin I use chain in showmanship classes,for fine cues. In show pen when horse is not being asked to perform the chain is removed,so they know when at work & when just resting/hanging out

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post #15 of 19 Old 06-29-2019, 01:44 PM
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@paintedpastures Respectfully while I agree everyday use is not the norm, several of us are aware of barns where all horses wore stud chains. On the track pretty much EVERY horse has a chain usually done up in a more severe manner, even the super quiet ones. So for *some* people maybe every day use is the norm.

More importantly I would look at the behavior of the horse. If a horse "needs" a stud chain you'll know.
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post #16 of 19 Old 07-01-2019, 08:35 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all of your advice! It was very interesting to see all of the points of view about this. I went out and rode the horse two days ago and he was a dream under saddle. I asked the seller about the chain and, like someone said, he mentioned using it rather than dealing with corrections all the time because he is a rather large horse. No other misbehavior this visit. However, we are going to step back for a few months due to the owner's unwillingness to negotiate and/or lease the horse. We'll keep looking in the meantime, and, as always, advice is much appreciated!
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post #17 of 19 Old 07-02-2019, 01:03 PM
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I know you have passed on this one for other reasons, but most horses don't 'need' them. When I went to sign the papers for my mare, I had never ever used a chain on her, but my BO decided to put one on need. I guess some people feel like they have more control with them, but I've never needed one on any horses (I've worked with plenty of difficult ones).

It's not really a red flag, per se, but you should be able to ask the owner if they can take it off/if you can lead the horse without one. :) May not be needed!

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post #18 of 19 Old 07-02-2019, 02:23 PM
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Are you ok with having to lead the horse in a stud chain? Because that may be what has to be done. If not, make sure he can be led without one.

I will say that my daughter sometimes uses a chain to lead her 20 year old Arab gelding off-property or to load in a trailer. It's more a precaution than anything else. He's a perfect gentleman 95% of the time, but it's scary to a 14 year old girl when a horse gets agitated. We've had him nearly 4 years and I'd buy him all over again in a second.

The most important thing is that you see if you are comfortable handling this horse. He may behave very differently with you than someone he knows. He also may be very different off property.
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post #19 of 19 Old 07-03-2019, 06:04 PM
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^ That absolutely. The chain isn't an issue just a *potential* sign of an issue. 90% of the horses I've used chains on were easy to handle and the ones that weren't weren't chain or not (I remember a mare that I started using a chain AND a regular lead on at the same time!). You're either comfortable with the horse or not.
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