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Re: [RC] Horse getting loose while bridling - Mike & Kathy Kelly

I always used to throw the end of the lead rope over my shoulder, until I heard a story of a girl who had done this, her horse spooked and took off - the lead rope got wrapped around her neck and she was decapitated.
Don't know if its true, but it sounds possible and I no longer put the lead rope on my shoulder.  I generally put the rope over the horses neck and hand the halter on my arm to bridle.
Kathy Kelly
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Sent: Tuesday, April 08, 2003 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Horse getting loose while bridling

In a message dated 4/8/2003 8:23:55 AM Pacific Standard Time, ridecamp_mail@xxxxxxxxxx writes:

is fastened around his neck, lead rope still attached.

Not a good idea. The best way is to fasten the halter around the neck and UNTIE the lead rope and toss it over your shoulder. Many years ago I used to leave the lead rope tied until one day the horse spooked while I was getting ready to put the bridle on. He freaked badly and started rearing, broke the tie rail and took off down the street with the tie rail slamming into all four of his legs. When finally caught his legs looked liked they belonged to an elephant. He never had clean legs after that.

So. Calif.

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