Riding in a halter for a green person is a great way to save the
horse mouth for all your mistakes. Some people use the horse mouths
to balance themselves while riding. Some people don't realize how
harsh they are to their horse.
Riding with a halter in a safe place
or even on a lunge line with an assistant is a great way to teach
someone how to ride and save the horses mouth at the same time. It
is not fair for a green person to be pulling on any horse's sensitive
mouth if they cannot ride with good communication. Riding with a
halter is a great way to get a good independent seat and is much more
forgiving than the bit.
My halter is no different that the bit. I
still have the same control. A rope halter can be very harsh when
pulled on. I believe it is one of the same. I feel that your horse
could be as dangerous with even a snaffle bit in their mouth if you
use too much pressure. Pulling hard on a horse's mouth can flip them
over and cut their mouths. I have seen many people get into trouble
that are green by pulling to hard on the horses mouth or using it to
The point that I am trying to make is it's the mouth that is one of
the most sensitive places on a horse. Nothing is worse than a
toothache or even when I bite my lip or cheek. AHHHH! You can't eat
or talk and the headaches. I don't want to cause my horse any harm
especially hurting such a sensitive area.
A Clinician told me once
that if a horse accidentally steps on the reins even with a snaffle
bit on that it will bruise their mouth so bad that they will NEVER be
a good bit horse. That one step will injure their mouth so bad they
will not be able to perform to their potential. That has stuck with
me since that day. It makes so much sense. To think all of the times
in the past that my horse has done that. I am very careful about the
bit and only use it for advanced movement never for control of a
Times are changing in the horse world. We need to help all those
horses out. We discovered Clicker Training a positive way to train
that works. We have taken the force out of training and brought it
to something beautiful.
I am not saying you have to go out there cold turkey, or that your
not a good person if you don't ride in a halter that's not true at
all. Some of us are very good riders and have good reason to ride
with a bit.
It was also new to me when I first started and it did take time to
get used to but it was worth it to me and it really did not take that
long. Riding with a halter is a beautiful thing.