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post #31 of 48 Old 11-01-2015, 07:08 PM
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Wow, that is PINK xD I love it haha~

Can I ask why you're aiming for a halter over a typical bridle? I skimmed and didn't see it~
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post #32 of 48 Old 11-01-2015, 08:59 PM
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Well, seeing as how you already bought a trail bridle, why don't you just try it and see if it works for you. The whole issue may be solved with what you have. If it doesn't work then go to Plan B.
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Wow, that is PINK xD I love it haha~

Can I ask why you're aiming for a halter over a typical bridle? I skimmed and didn't see it~
Haha yeah most of the things Dixie has are PINK like that. LOL. Her halter and lead used to be but now they're so faded they look baby pink.

To answer your question, I've been told Dixie highly dislikes bits, and I don't know if she has been taught to ride in a hackamore or bosal, and I don't want to teach her for just riding around the pasture.

Plus, I'm always really self-conscious (or shall I say horse-conscious) riding in a bit, at least on a horse who may very well put itself in a the position that I will be forced to pull on the bit. Say I'm overly careful, but I just feel better riding in a hack or halter. (Yeah, I don't have the typical reasoning of a bit hater, do I? I'm not really a hater anyway. They're just not for me.)

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Well, seeing as how you already bought a trail bridle, why don't you just try it and see if it works for you. The whole issue may be solved with what you have. If it doesn't work then go to Plan B.
Sounds like a plan. :3

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post #35 of 48 Old 11-02-2015, 08:48 AM
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The halter bridle is designed so the you can TIE the horse on the trail, and not have to tie with the bridle. In endurance, we rode the first loop or so with a crazy animal who needed a bit, then the last loop or so on a tired animal that needed to grab grass wherever it could, no bit needed anymore.

I have never seen a trail bridle styled like that. Pretty neat. Pretty color!!

That said, if you are not going to ever use a bit.....you could just make a paracord browband for your halter...it may not be that pretty color, though!
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post #36 of 48 Old 11-02-2015, 08:56 AM
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Using a halter bridle with rings in the normal positions works fine. I rode a friend's horse in a 50 mile ride and took the bit off after the first loop and just clipped the reins to the halter.

Ironically, the horse hated the browband part of the halter bridle, so went without one. I didn't have any issue with the crownpiece sliding back. This set is beta biothane vs nylon though, so may be less slippery in general.






I would worry about clipping the reins to the part where the bit hanger is meant to attach if your horse is rude with its head, as not sure how strong those rings are. But agree you should try it since you already bought one!
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Alrighty. I'll try it. :3

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If you never intend to ride outside of a fenced in area then go for the bitless bridle. Horses KNOW when there are no fences and they are invigorated by it, therefore harder to control. Suddenly a bit seems like a good idea, just as it has been for the past 5,000 years.
I just think that most people that successfully train a horse to ride without a bit do not tell you about all of the work it took to get their horse there, and encourage newbies to ride dangerously.
This combination halter/bridle has been around since before I first owned horses in the 1980's. If I bought one, I think I'd buy the leather one. =D

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If you never intend to ride outside of a fenced in area then go for the bitless bridle. Horses KNOW when there are no fences and they are invigorated by it, therefore harder to control. Suddenly a bit seems like a good idea, just as it has been for the past 5,000 years.
I just think that most people that successfully train a horse to ride without a bit do not tell you about all of the work it took to get their horse there, and encourage newbies to ride dangerously.
This combination halter/bridle has been around since before I first owned horses in the 1980's. If I bought one, I think I'd buy the leather one. =D
Well, maybe so. But I do believe strongly that bits are not a safety precaution. They're a means of control if you use them that way. They can also be a weapon in the wrong hands. Which is not to say bits are bad. It's to say I don't trust myself with one.

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^Bits are a type of aid, to be used correctly or incorrectly. Just like any other aid (spurs, crops, etc, etc). Just like a bitless or trail bridle. Any and all pieces of equipment can be 'bad' (to varying degrees) in ignorant hands.
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