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post #121 of 134 Old 12-10-2015, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Bahahaha... sorry, still laughing at myself about the head collar / halter!!!
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post #122 of 134 Old 12-11-2015, 09:24 AM
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Just to stir the pot a bit more, I noticed that when some riders use a martingale that was a reason to put the bridle on first.
I rarely use a martingale but if I do I put the martingale over the neck first, then the saddle putting the martingale through the girth, then put on the bridle, if a standing martingale attach to the noseband and if a running martingale, I take the horse out walk about gradually doing up the girth, then run the martingale rings through the reins and ready to go.
Untacking I undo the martingale from the bridle, undo the girth off comes the martingale then saddle then bridle.
That's just the way I do it, I'm not sure why, it just seems the easiest for me.
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Woodhaven, I think that if there's ONE thing that I've understood from ALL these opinions about something I thought was relatively simple, it's that there is no absolute right way to do it. Some may think the way they do it is the only proper way. And it sounds like there are a lot of bad ways to do it. But I think that overall, it appears to depend on where you're untacking and what works best for you and your horse. I will continue to halter my horse and put him in cross-ties before taking off the saddle because that's how every other coach told my daughter to do it (and they were all certified, unlike this one who is not) and because it seems to be best for us. We don't use a martingale or any other equipment. If at some point we do, then we'll just make adjustments then.
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post #124 of 134 Old 12-11-2015, 11:53 AM
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Didn't read all but my opinion is while the saddle thing is weird-whatever. That said it does sound like you have some far bigger issues with this instructor and I would also recommend a new one!
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post #125 of 134 Old 12-13-2015, 11:38 AM Thread Starter
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FYI - we went to the new coach's property yesterday and it went well. But given my previous experience, I will wait a few more lessons before I decide on whether this coach is right for us or not. At least she didn't stop in the middle of the lesson to give Harley kisses while my daughter was trying to ride! And she wasn't there when we tacked up so I don't know what order she does it in (she's British so it will be interesting to see what she thinks about the whole saddle/vs bridle first issue!). You can read my new thread here:
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post #126 of 134 Old 12-17-2015, 10:55 AM
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The instructor sounds like a complete nutter.

I put the bridle and then saddle on and take the saddle off before the bride, It's just what I learned and I feel safer knowing my horse is less likely to get away from me. When I use a martingale, as soon I have undone the girth, the end that attaches to it goes the throat latch.
I think the order is just personal preference.
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post #127 of 134 Old 12-17-2015, 05:14 PM
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Either way is right.. both for tacking up o taking off..

if you have a simple saddle and bridle it used to be assuming horse is restrained/tied up.. saddle then bridle on... off it's bridle first and restrain the horse then saddle but when you have breastplates and martingales you can't do either in that order so if you ever do a test on it..... it is acceptable to do in whatever oder you like as long as it's 'safe'
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post #128 of 134 Old 12-17-2015, 11:57 PM
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Adult rider here. My Pony Club Director trainer, who is also a PATH instructor, is (at least with me!) a firm believer in "horse under control at all times". For us this means saddle loosened immediately upon ending lesson/ride, then in the barn bridle off first, to get into cross ties.

Not to mention, of all the (standard) tack, the bridle is probably the MOST dangerous. A saddle is at worst annoying. Bridle reins can trip, hogtie, and injure.

I'm actually stunned that the "official" Pony Club rule is saddle first.
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post #129 of 134 Old 12-22-2015, 11:36 AM
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I would get a new instructor as soon as possible. It seems as if she has no patience. As well as it seems she has not quite the right way of training.

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post #130 of 134 Old 12-28-2015, 07:20 PM
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Originally Posted by jaydee View Post
Off track a bit but
That's odd because in the UK I grew up in (the Dark Ages), a halter was always something made of rope or webbing that people who couldn't afford nice headcollars used - unless you were showing welsh breeds in hand and then you used a white one.
Headcollars were once always leather and then the cheaper multi coloured nylon ones appeared and the halter pretty much disappeared until the NH craze hit Europe
You're talking about rope halters (still used in UK) but a rope halter is a loose knotted rope that is unsuitable for tieing up, still used for showing but too loose to tether and similar to american rope halters.. but in general terms a halter is a headcollar when it can be used to tether a horse safely without risk of horse slipping it's head out of it (like rope halters).

Ohh that sounds complicated! lol
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