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post #131 of 134 Old 01-01-2016, 01:51 PM
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It's important for a student to have as good of a rapport with their instructor as they do with their horse in order to progress. This also helps keep learning fun. If you are questioning the instructors teachings and don't feel comfortable asking her, then this is not the instructor for you and your daughter.
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post #132 of 134 Old 01-01-2016, 06:25 PM
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I was always taught, remove the bridle/bit and you tie up with the halter and lead, and then remove the saddle. Never tie with the bridle/bit . But in case of an emergency you should be able to remove a saddle while the horse is still bridled.
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post #133 of 134 Old 01-01-2016, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by klstarrs View Post
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

But, again back in the dark ages, the rope halters we used in the UK were totally different to American ones. The ones I knew could not be used for tying as the were sliding halters, and that was the major difference, North American type, that I only discovered when I moved over here, fixed, UK sliding!

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post #134 of 134 Old 01-01-2016, 07:22 PM
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Well, last month I made a mistake and took my saddle off first, my horse was very restless and I was rattled. I was just holding the reins. When I went to transfer from bridle to halter she got away from me and got into a rather serious accident involving falling and sliding on her side on an asphalt road. If she'd been wearing a saddle she would have destroyed it. My saddle is worth about three times what my horse is so I am glad I did it that way . . . now she wears a thin rope trail halter under her bridle so I have control of her ALL the time. When I come in from a ride I clip that halter to the lead rope on the tie post, first thing. Then I can take off her riding tack in any order.
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