Make clear communication with your horse a priority with the best equipment for ground work and riding.
January 23, 2010
From AQHA’s “Fundamentals of Horsemanship”
The study of horsemanship requires the appropriate quality equipment. Halter and lead rope, used in both ground work and riding, will help you achieve the desired result of clear communication with your horse.
The halter is made from sailing rope that should not be too thick or too thin, because to be effective, a halter must encourage the horse to look for the solution.
If it is too thick, the horse will not be in a sufficiently uncomfortable position to find an alternative answer to the one he usually gives. If it is too thin, the halter could hurt him, which would be utterly ineffective as well as cruel. The aim is not to cause your horse suffering, but to refuse him comfort when he resists.
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The halter features knots that apply pressure to specific areas, which will improve communication. It is also designed to adapt to the shape of the horse’s head without moving to the side or up and down. It should stay in place and not rub, which, again, could hurt.
The lead rope is made from high-quality sailing rope, which is water- and sweat-resistant. It has been designed to transmit the slightest indication and reduce the risk of rope burns. The rope is easy to handle, and its 12-foot length provides optimum safety and good communication during ground work. When doubled up and tied to the halter, it can be used as reins.
When combined to apply and release pressure, these two tools give good coordination and maximum precision in educating one’s horse.
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