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'Instant gag' made by ADT...Thoughts?

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  • 'Instant gag' made by ADT...Thoughts?

    Anyone own this piece of equipment? Seems like a great idea and an alternative to swapping out cheek pieces & new equipment for the occasional schooling ride. Is it as effective as a normal gag? I have one that I sometimes use a gag on (once a month-if that?), however, it's on the trainers bridle and set to go. Horse is now at home, and I don't have a lot of extra time...I guess I could purchase an extra schooling bridle + bit + curb rein + cheek pieces...but this seems like a much better allocation of resources. I don't really want another piece of tack to clean, either. What do you think? Good, bad, indifferent?


  • #2
    Well, it's a ripoff. Just get a soft rope cord at the hardware store, loop it through the bit, behind the ears/headstall, through the bit, and tie it at a length equal to your reins. Insta-gag, and my preferred way to turn any snaffle into a gag. My horses have all gone brilliantly in this -- just a little leverage when you need it, and all of $3.


    • #3
      I don't think it would be as effective as a gag bit, but it might work for you since you only use a gag bit once a month. I believe Antares also makes something like this.


      • #4
        I actually used to ride with someone that would, in a pinch, take the draw lines and instead of running them down to the girth or breastplate would run them up through the bit and clip the snaps together over the poll, then tie a bit of twine to keep it there. Reins went to rider's hand. Same concept I guess.


        • #5
          Originally posted by MsRidiculous View Post
          I actually used to ride with someone that would, in a pinch, take the draw lines and instead of running them down to the girth or breastplate would run them up through the bit and clip the snaps together over the poll, then tie a bit of twine to keep it there. Reins went to rider's hand. Same concept I guess.
          This is the same as using a rope but would have bulging uncomfortable metal clips on the horse's poll, which is why I prefer a plain soft rope. BTW mine is about 3/8" so quite thinnish.


          • #6
            That's why he tied it in place with twine or rope, to keep the clips on top of the crownpiece instead of directly on the horse.


            • #7
              It is a very useful tool. It can also go to the (jumper) ring which rope cannot do. A "head rein", basically a draw type rein SEWN together in the poll region is useful too. The ADT "gives back" rapidly which the leather does not do(it is slower to release). I guess rope would work for home.
              The thing about smart people, is they look like crazy people, to dumb people.


              • #8
                Is there a rule somewhere precluding the rope, jumphigh83? I used to show in it all over the East Coast, including Ocala, Atlanta, and the major VA shows. No one ever said a word to me about it being illegal and I never saw anything in the rulebook that I thought precluded its use, as it is in effect the same as a gag.

                To clarify, it is the SAME type of cord/rope the ADT thing is made of, that parachutish cord with a little give. Don't see why it would be illegal and it's not obtrusive or unsightly.


                • #9
                  No, no rule forbidding a rope. I just thought it would not be attractive enough for the ring but then I am a master at tree fort building! I would use bailing twine (at home) and sometimes I have for side reins etc. The manufactured head rope is also easy to remove if you only need it for, say, a hunter to warm up in...
                  The thing about smart people, is they look like crazy people, to dumb people.


                  • #10
                    OH, attractive! Maybe not...perhaps it belongs on the tacky thread! To be sure, brown or black would look better than white or a color, you probably wouldn't notice it at all. I think in brown it is nicer looking than the ADT one with all those rings and bulky extra reins, but I am a tack minimalist.

                    I would pay someone good money to wear a neon rope to a GM clinic, just to hear about the ensuing spontaneous combustion!


                    • #11
                      I ordered one on a whim when I was ordering some other stuff from SmartPak.

                      I got it and went "doh!" I use a "check rein" (it's what a clinician I ride with calls it, though it's not really the same thing as a real check rein....it's exactly the setup of what jh83 called a head rein) all of the time on one horse and that's really all it is. And yes, you could make it for a fraction of what it costs to order.

                      With that being said, yes, it makes a typical bit ride similar to a gag if mouthpieces are similar. It's a nice tool to have and I am glad that I own one. I just wish I would have taken the 5 minutes it would have taken to put it together on my own rather than spending $50 (or whatever it is) on it!
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