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brook

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brook says:

Harbridge training aid, should I use it or not ?

An experienced friend suggested using a Harbridge training aid on Tilly ( this loops around the girth between her front legs and attaches to each bit ring, it has elastic inserts ) My friend rode her in it the other night and felt that she was alot better and not so strong. Tilly does have a tendency to throw her head up to avoid the contact and we don't want her to develop the wrong muscles so I thought that I would try riding her in it yesterday, she was fine until I trotted along a grassy track, she wanted to get faster and when I half halted to slow her down she down a bronk  ! This nearly had me off and I'm now wondering if the Harbridge encourages bucking and bronking as it prevents them from raising their head, I had it on as loose as I could safely fit it so she was'nt pulled in tight atall, usually I'm agains'nt gadgets so would I be best off trying to sort out her head tossing another way ? Any idea's please guys, thank you XXj

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pippixox

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pippixox says:

Re: Harbridge training aid, should I use it or not ?

personally i use draw reigns, as they are nice and streachey and you can alter the tightness/length as you ride as easily as reigns. they help my mare work in an outline and over her back, as otherwise she has a tendency to have her head too high even when relaxed. she can still raise her head, but it just encourages her to streach down, so it isnt as restrictive as a hardbridge in my opinion. i feel it helps develop the right muscles, without forcing her into a fixed possiition

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MoodyMare2904

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Re: Harbridge training aid, should I use it or not ?

There is a great section on Your Horse website that details all different types of training aid (including the Harbridge), what action they have, when to use them and what each aid aims to achieve.

Go to the 'Advice' tab and then on the left hand side is a menu, go to 'Tack and Equipment' then scroll down to training aids.

Hope that helps.

Sarah

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leannemccabe

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leannemccabe says:

Re: Harbridge training aid, should I use it or not ?

im not a great gadget person either but given the choice between a harbridge and draw reins i'd choose draw reins as you can adjust them whilst riding to suit, harbridges are quite restrictive when they are doing their job where as draw reins could 'might as well not be there' when not needed. but i dont use either so i'll stand corrected.

 

instead of ging the gadget way find out if there is a way to stop the head tossing another way, i dont have any ideas sorry :( could you get some lessons on her?

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Harbridge training aid, should I use it or not ?

Just a quick update, I've not used the Harbridge lately as I want Tilly to have free movement of her head and neck, tonight she was very good choosing to stretch down rather than throw her head up, so we are getting there ! I'm hoping that in time she will stop and respond to my contact.

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