To be honest the tone of the article sets his position out and turned me right off as there wasnt going to be a rational discussion about different types of halter. In my experience the dually is not like other pressure halters, whether they have american (or other) origins or are like the old fashioned rope halters used for years here in the uk. Kelly's analogy of the novice and the curb bit is very relevant with these peices of kit.
The Dually is nothing like a War Bridle! I used to use a War Bridle when I was 13 and had a very bolshy cob. I didn't know they were so harsh to be honest but I was sick of being towed about by my horse who had been towing people about for 16 years and getting away with it! I bought a book from Equestrian Books (mail order, pre-internet) about how to make and use a War Bridle, and I did. It worked as well and to be fair I don't think a 13 year old girl less than 5' would do much damage to a 14.2hh cob and I must have done it right or it wouldn't have worked. He stopped spinning and round and tanking and was much easier to deal with after that and seemed happier and more confident in himself too. I wouldn't use it now, but I don't need to cos the following year I saw this QED programme about a "horse whisperer"...
"...it was all something to do with fate: this was the horse that was intended for me, and there was nothing I could do about it."
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