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  • Halter Bridles

    I've only used halter-bridles with cheek pieces that snap on to D-rings -- I see that you can also get them with a one-piece bit hanger that goes over the crown piece ... with snaps on the browband to keep the bit hanger in place --

    Which style do you prefer? ...and why?

    Ever had any issues with snaps on the browband?
    "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM

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    I use the ones with the bit hangers (hooking to rings on cheek) because when you drop the bit (fast and easy) you can snap it onto a d ring on your saddle. If you have the over the ears type, it makes bridling easier, especially if you have a curb type bit or a fussy horse, but then when you remove it at a vetcheck, and if you don't have a horn to hang it off of, what do you do with it?
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    • #3
      Both of ours have snap-on cheek pieces, so the bit hangs just like it would with a standard bridle. I like it hanging just like a standard bridle.

      That Wofford quote you have? Great stuff. I rode in one of his clinics many moons ago--my then eventer and I got o much out of our time w/ Jimmy!
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      • #4
        Love the Zilco one that snaps onto the halter - http://www.longridersgear.com/catalo...products_id=59

        It's super easy to use, and I can throw it over a rope halter. My super-sensitive Arab, who rubs on almost everything, is quite comfortable in his.

        I've had the combos with the bit snaps, and I MUCH prefer this. I find it easier to adjust, and for me, it's quicker to put this on over my horse's head v. messing with the bit clips.

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        • #5
          I love mine with the bit hangers that snap to the rings on the side of the halter. This is the one I have:
          http://www.mgsaddlery.com/servlet/th...-Halter/Detail
          Great quality at a great price. I did see that they also have the kind where the headstall snaps to the halter.

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          • #6
            I have 2 of the ones with the bit hangers and wish I had the one with the separate headstall and halter. I find it a bit tricky to get the bit and snaps done without help after the lunch stop is over.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by GreyDes View Post
              Love the Zilco one that snaps onto the halter - http://www.longridersgear.com/catalo...products_id=59

              It's super easy to use, and I can throw it over a rope halter. My super-sensitive Arab, who rubs on almost everything, is quite comfortable in his.

              I've had the combos with the bit snaps, and I MUCH prefer this. I find it easier to adjust, and for me, it's quicker to put this on over my horse's head v. messing with the bit clips.
              Oh thanks, GreyDes, like I needed ANOTHER awesome web site to shop from!

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              • #8
                ^ Happy to help!

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                • #9
                  I have two halter/bridels with the bit straps that hook to rings on the cheek. Actually, I'm looking for replacements. But all the bridles have bit strap snap hooks that require a thumb to hold open. I'd like hooks with a keeper make it quick & easy to hook the ring. I like to drop the bit, hook the bit onto the saddle at rest stops. Not the pony club technique, but I just hold the bit in two hands to the horse, then slip the straps on to the rings. It's quick and for my horse ... easy
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                  • #10
                    I like these by Hill View Farm. They are a nice quality leather with a soft lining. And no matter your preference, they have a version to suit.

                    http://www.american-flex.com/s-headstalls.htm
                    It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts! ~Nicholas Evans

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