I'll be brief and
frank. Use any of these pieces of equipment and you will NOT have an
effectively training horse and in most cases will be -un-training
I have been reading articles on your site now for
some time and find them very informative.
My problem is this:
Around 5 weeks ago I was give a thoroughbred mare,
rising 7. She was raised for the track, but was
I have found her to be very sweet.
I have worked on the ground with her, had her shod,
immunised, lunged with and without the lunge rope in
the round yard. She backs on command, steadies from
trot to a walk on command and halts when I say Whoa.
She does all of this very calmly and without
I have been on her back in the saddle in the round
yard and down the driveway a couple of times. She
appears to be confident in me, comes to me when
called and is very obliging.
Yesterday, I popped the halter on her and walked her
down to the arena, where she has been once before.
She seemed a little uncomfortable and distracted, so
I tried to bring her attention back to me, halting,
backing etc. After about 4 minutes, she went CRAZY!!
She ran around me, snorted, backed way from me,
would not listen and suddenly reared, bucked etc
until I could no longer hold her. She then ran off,
bucking furiously etc. I had her luckily shut in the
arena and the yard surrounding the arena. She
charged off to the fence/gate and began running up
and down with my other mare (who did not help). I
could not get near her, and gave up for my own
safety, finally she calmed down after about
15 minutes. I managed to hook the lead rope onto her
halter again (I had removed it when the opportunity
arose previously) and take her back into her
paddock. She was completely saturated and slightly
unsettled. When I went close to her paddock she
would come straight up to me and sniff me/nuzzle me
and appear to calm down.
Would you be able to help with the
causes/suggestions as to why she did this?? Should I
send her to a breaker - or perhaps you??
Thanks in anticipation.
Before I answer this one, can
you get back to me and tell me what halter and what
lead rope you had on the horse at the time? Ta
You asked me to advise which halter I was using...unfortunately, not
my rope halter...
I was using my leather
halter with a normal 4-foot lead rope. This weekend I will
try with my rope halter and long rope.
Do you think it may be that she is on season? I went up to feed her
last night and she came up, had a mouthful of meadow hay and walked
off, not even a hello! She appeared a little unsettled I am in south
Australia, ---------------. Would you recommend I send her off to be
re-trained/broken? If so, how would I arrange it with you, or do you
know of someone closer?
rope that looks like this
Substandard thickness NH Lead Ropes or any lead rope less
than 3.6 metres long.
Parelli Lead ropes with this design
Poorly crafted and fitting rope halters
Cotton Lead ropes with dog clips
Webbing, leather or plastic Halters of any description.
The three clips on the right fail early.
All 6 foot long lead ropes are anti training tools!!!
Fake or Sheep Skin hobbles take hair off
The color won't help you.
Some major Saddle Chains are diminishing the quality
or the design of some training products, showing scant regard for
effectiveness over profit.
SaddleWorld Halter 3 months old, purchased as Cob and now doesn't
fit Warm Blood horses properly. Dangerous due to sipping into mouth
and breaking jaw.
There are many good cottage Industries
selling properly designed equipment. I recommend that you use them.
This is a tool of torture and not
training equipment. It is anti-training equipment.
For a real one go here: Quality Australian