Monty Roberts Dually Halters £44.99

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 Dually Halters The Dually Training Halter designed by Monty, is a patented schooling halter which effectively rewards horses for acting in partnership with the handler. This useful training aid will help get the most out of your work when leading, loading, long-lining, as a bitless bridle and more.

• Can be used as either a standard halter OR as a training aid
• Adjustable double noseband
• High quality brass hardware is designed to breakaway under extreme pressure
• Left & right side rings offer lateral control
• Double stitched nylon for maximum durability
• Comes with instructional video and booklet 
Long lining with a Dually halter 

Thought from Kelly Marks

Many IH members work with the Dually halter and have found it invaluable. The Dually must be the mildest form of training halter, with a broad band across the poll (as with a normal halter) but there is a ring attachment on the nose band (high up, it doesn't work on the soft, sensitive part of the nose) to allow it to close up quickly to ensure clear messages when teaching the horse to halt, come forward etc. I think calling any halter a 'pressure halter' could give a harmful impression. The point of these halters is not to put pressure on a horse so you can drag him about or be severe on him but as a gentle training aid.

 One of the key points when we are training horses is for them to be able to separate our 'Yes' from our 'No'. If we apply pressure on a horse and they make the tiniest move in the right direction then we must IMMEDIATELY release the pressure. In this way we can enable the horse to learn really quickly what is expected of him.

Remember this pressure and release ('yes and 'no') system works right the way through your horsemanship. Apply a little pressure to the reins, as the horse responds, immediately release the pressure. This will give your horse a payoff for your actions and he will become light and responsive to you. Practise always giving your horse the lightest signals to start with and see if you can get a response from that first. If not you can always apply a little more pressure.

Back to halters. Never tie a horse up on a halter point that will tighten on him and remember training halters are for training only and not for inexperienced handlers. Be extremely careful leaving a horse in any headcollar ensuring a horse can't get caught up accidentally.

A halter doesn't need to tighten to cause harm that's for sure. If you want to test out the severity of a halter just get someone to put the headpiece at the back of your neck and pull it! You will find the thinner the material is the more uncomfortable it will be. I have done this test with the Dually and the Be Nice and find them quite acceptable but remember if you are rough enough you can cause damage with any halter.

A friend of mine was recently at a college that is meant to be teaching 'Equine Studies'. He saw their method of loading a thoroughbred yearling onto a horsebox (directly off concrete which is crazy with a youngster for a start) was to have one student pulling with a chifney (about the severest mouth piece you could find) and another hitting it with a broom. I am sure there are some really enlightened Equine Colleges out there. I would hate to think that sort of practise was a 'normal' education for students.

Feedback from users of the Dually Halter

During the winter my mum and a friend attended one of Monty Robert's shows and came home inspired to deal with naughty horses in a different way. My mum had an accident with our two year old during the spring of 2004 and as Spring approached this year she was not sure if she was going to be confident taking him to and from the lush summer grazing. After buying the Dually she has gone from strength to strength. She now happily deals with our youngster, who at 3 1/2 stands at 17hh. The Dually is a truly fantastic product and somehow gets the horse's respect. There are still moments of minor silliness but these never amount to much and the Dually gives you complete control in a quiet, calm, authoritative and dignified manner, without spoiling the relationship between horse and handler. As spring approached and the horses could smell the grass, more and more people commented on the Dually that my mum was using. Five people now own Dually headcollars and use them regularly on their own horses; many others borrow them. As the horses feet hit the Spring grass we were confronted with well mannered, polite horses! None of the over-excitement and tantrums of previous years. Some people might scoff at the Dually and not believe in it but it does give you quiet control without losing any relationship or trust with the horse. Those that do scoff at the Dually are, of course, the ones that believe a good yank on a chiffney and a degree of shouting does the trick. That's their choice!




Fitting the Dually Halter

Remember you have the Dually Halter on your hose as a training aid (as an alternative to a bridle, a chifney, a lunge cavesson, a flat halter, rope halter with knots or a halter with a chain over the nose).

The reason you are using the Dually is because it won’t damage or desensitise your horse’s mouth, it doesn’t dig in anywhere or work on very sensitive areas of the horse’s face, it doesn’t use excessive poll pressure and fitted correctly it won’t slip around the horse’s face so you gain more accuracy and control of the horse with less compression than most other options .
'Fitted correctly' is the key phrase here. If you don't take the time to fit the dually correctly, then it will not work the way that's intended. It is best to take a little extra time getting the fit exactly right if you really want the Dually to help give you excellent results with your horse.

It might take a little while to get used to it needing to go a little higher than you would fit a standard headcollar. This is because the Dually Halter is NOT intended to work on the soft part of the nose. In fact, the upper nose band part should nearly reach the bottom of the horse’s cheekbone to be in the correct position. To fit it this high sometimes it is necessary to undo not only the band across the nose but also the band underneath the chin, fit the Dually high enough by adjusting the headpiece and then do the two lower bands up to secure the Dually firmly but not tightly on the horse’s face. A rough guide would be to ensure you can place two fingers in any section of the Dually and the horse can relax his jaw, but still the Dually won’t slip around on the horse’s eye if pressure is applied on the line from any angle.

If you are worried your horse or pony is very sensitive you may wish to purchase a natural sheepskin guard (available from the IH office) to go over the acting part of the noseband.  This is generally not necessary but horses that are long lined off the Dually with strong changes of direction could conceviably get rubbed  and so this would be an option.
Remember you NEVER tie a horse up using the schooling ring of the Dually Halter. This is because if the horse pulls back the schooling ring will continue to tighten across his face and could damage his face. It should be noted even on a normal halter, tying a horse to somewhere with no safety break can result in a damaged poll and broken neck and no horse should be tied up until he has been taught how to lead and to tie.

Horses should never be loose in a stable or field with a Dually (or anything other than a 'fieldsafe headcollar') in case they get caught up in anything.  If you wish to travel your horse in a Dually as many people do, just ensure you tie up to the correct (non schooling) ring and that here is nothing in the horsebox that the other rings could get caught up in.  If your horse is going to eat hay on his journey (recommended) it is advisable to loosen the Dually off under the chin a few holes so he can move his jaw comfortably.  The rings on the Dually will bend or even break under extreme pressure but this should not be relied upon.   The Dually Halter is not sold as 'breakable' and 'fieldsafe' as it for the most part training and safety equipment.




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