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[RC] War bridles - Nancy Sturm

A long time ago, when I still thought showing halter horses was fun, I
bought a drop dead gorgeous appaloosa filly - she was very successful in the
show ring, but had been loaded in a trailer as a baby by several strong guys
using a war bridle.  I ended up keeping this mare until the day she died
because for her whole life, if you applied pressure to her poll, she flipped
over backward.

We used her for dressage; we jumped her; she was terrific on trails, easy to
clip, bathe, load,  My kids rode her  - she reaslly wasn't a crazy mare, but
I always attributed this flipping over thing to the war bridle.   Or perhaps
the war bridle improperly applied.  Or an injury to the poll caused by the
war bridle?  What do you think?

Nancy Sturm

They're athletes! This is a partnership between horse and rider - we don't
have any jockeys out there, just pals and partners. We'd allow a rider with
a broken foot, a sore back and a nasty cold to compete - but we would never
let a horse in a similiar condition hit the trail.
~ Dr. Barney Flemming DVM

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