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Two Halter Questions, For Those In "the Know"


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#1 saguaroarab4

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 06:39 PM

I have a horse that needs to pick up points and a not-too-horsey husband willing to do halter. Neither horse nor hubby is experienced in halter. I could help but the last time I had a halter on a horse in the show ring, I was leading my white pony named Satin.

My first question: I have read that you teach the hind legs first by saying "whoa" when the left foot is about to leave the ground. Does this mean that you actually set them down on that foot when it is behind them? What if the horse is a little base-narrow? How do I fix that in a stance?

Second question: the horse is dark bay with the most awesome muzzle full of light brown fur. How is it that the halter horses look like they have had Nair applied? I clipped her with 50's and she just got a little blotchy around her whisker stubs.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 01:35 AM

I can't really help with the first question but it sounds about right what you said about saying whoa.

I am no expert on the 2nd, but I know we use a almost surgical clipper blade to get super close to the skin, then add baby oil or there's some black oily polish (can't remember the name) we have you can use as "eyeshadow" and muzzle shine.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:39 AM

I can't really help with the first question but it sounds about right what you said about saying whoa.

I am no expert on the 2nd, but I know we use a almost surgical clipper blade to get super close to the skin, then add baby oil or there's some black oily polish (can't remember the name) we have you can use as "eyeshadow" and muzzle shine.


You can only use clear products for showing. To get rid of the fine brown hairs you will need to sweat them off (use baby oil gel or vaseline) on the areas before working or shave it off with either a regular razor or electric. If you are not in a big hurry those fine hairs should shed naturally as the horse gets their summer coat. I am not sure if Nair is safe for use on horses so I would not try it.

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 03:19 PM

where are you located?  There is bound to be someone around your area that can help you.



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:39 PM

there is also a great video by Kim Potts that teaches you exactly how to do it (I think SeeHOrse video sells it)



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Posted 13 March 2013 - 05:47 PM

Kim's video is great, it even helped ME!! LOL!!! And I am a terrible klutz on the ground.


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Posted 13 March 2013 - 07:05 PM

The Ammy Army Forum explains it nicely but I know I am more of a visual learner so videos are best


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