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THE 'WAR BRIDLE'

 

BY
John O'Leary
Horseman
©2000

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Hi John,

Heard about this on a web-forum:

Not sure what to think of it…. One of those things that at first glance you might say “oh neat” and then think about it some more and be a little concerned!

Cheers

WendY


 

This is a very interesting subject Wendy. In essence, this is a 'WAR BRIDLE' dressed up as a rope Halter and with a quaint name for marketing purposes. The War Bridle as invented and used by Old Australian Horsemen of the past, is a very vicious piece of work and makes virtually 100% of Horses rear. The Monty Roberts Dually Halter is of a similar design and imho, is also a War Bridle which is why at his Adelaide visit, his floating Horse reared over backwards onto it's head. Thus proving my assertion. So let's examine the training messages behind this versus the rope Halter.

First up, this Halter should NEVER be let near an Amateur, nor should the Dually Halter and definitely never the War Bridle.

The reason why you see this piece of equipment 'half work' during the Stage Shows is that given the strength of the handler and the few rips around that the Horse gets, it actually does tweek up some lost lightness in the head of the Horse and gets their attention to where they half listen to walk near a Float, so that the Yards can come into play. Nothing more than that. If that piece of equipment was an effective training Tool, YARDS would not be required.

When one takes up a feel on a rope Halter, the pressure is placed across the back of the head of the Horse and the handler has the available options of maintaining that feel if the Horse doesn't come forward, give or try or start reversing backwards. It has one request, go forwards and it has one directional request. Come, from the back of the head. If it tries, the subsequent 'reward and relief' soon signals to the Horse what is required and it learns via a reasonably efficient pointer.

With this Halter in the Photo, "Feel Good" hahahaha I love that :) if you pull on the lead rope, the Halter closes as a vice on the face of the Horse and gives pressure from front and back. Telling or asking the Horse to go forwards and backwards at the same time, not to mention the available 'pulley system' and fulcrum affect to empower the Human to become super strong, a dangerous thing to have.

So this piece of equipment has zero training qualities and is an unjust tool of training as well as cruel in a large percentage of uneducated and un timed hands of the majority. The Metal fittings don't require comment but then you have to consider that the 'brain dead' of the Horse Industry (not their fault just not taught Horsemanship) would tie their Horse up with this equipment and don't anyone tell me some wouldn't. Then you can truly imagine the foolhardiness of selling such equipment into a Market that cannot be controlled or educated.

 

 

"An ordinary Trainer cannot hear a Horse speak, a Good Trainer can, a Great Trainer can hear them whisper and a Top Trainer can HEAR THEM THINK"

"Wear your Heart in your Hands"

 

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