A few enterprising individuals recently have come up with rope gizmos used for restraint and training that are merely remakes of simple teaching devices from the 19th century and before.
Using a length of soft and strong rope, you can achieve the same results. Just remember, any tool is only as good as the operator and a feather can
become a torture device in the wrong hands.
Rope size should be from 5/16” to 3/8” in diameter and 15’ to 20’ long. For
the simplest form of bridle, take a piece of cord and tie each end in a hard knot.
Make another knot of loop about 20 inches from one end and bring the end around the horse’s neck, passing it through the loose knot or loop, Regulate the size of the loop to the size of the horse’s neck. Catch the free end hanging down and pass it between the cord and neck to form a loop with the free end on the near side. Pass this loop through the horse’s mouth or over its lower chin. Use this arrangement with quick pulls followed by immediate release to teach the horse to follow the direction of the handler. Use only the necessary amount of pull and release as soon as the horse offers any movement to the side. Fig. 1
To move the horse straight ahead, take off the cord and make a single loose knot or loop about a foot from the end. Put the end knot through the loose knot or loop and draw it tight. The loop should be just large enough to go over the horse’s lower chin. Pass the cord from the off side over the poll and through this loop back to the chin until the slack is taken up.
Figs. 2 & 3
Another modification of this rope has the effectiveness of a twitch and may be applied as needed, instead of continuously as a traditional twitch is normally applied.
The second loop places the pressure against the upper gums. Fig. 4