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Discuss The proper use and placement of a stud chain? at the Horse Training forum - Horse Forums.

My new mare gets VERY VERY excited around new horses, so when we're at shows, ...
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    The proper use and placement of a stud chain?

    My new mare gets VERY VERY excited around new horses, so when we're at shows, well out anywhere with new horses I' mgoing to need to use a stud chain on her to stop her from getting too pushy. The owners said that she does very well in a chain in those kinds of situations. I know what it's used for and such but I was just wondering how exactly it should be put on. I've heard that over the nose can break it. When she's being disobedient and I give her a yank, will the chain loosen when I release the chain like a chokie? (The metal collar thins some dogs wear.)
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    I like to go all the way around the nose. Start at the bottom ring in the halter. Go up thru the side ring over the nose thru the off side ring and back thru the bottom one. There you can attach it to the bottom ring for a tightening sensation or you can attach it back to the chain itself for just some added bite to the halter. I don't like going just under the chin b/c it can make a horse toss it's head and/or rear. If you want to make it a little kinder, loop it around the nose band once. It will lessen the bite, but then it's best to attach it so it tightens around her nose.
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    I almost never use one (my mare doesn't need it), but I have always put it through the bottom of the noseband, through the side piece, looped it around the noseband, through the other side, and clipped it not on the noseband but up on the ring on her off side cheek.
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    I used to worry about that too then once my trainer was working with me showing me how to use a stud chain and asked why I was so pansy about it and I told him I was afraid of breaking the nose, and he told me it was physically impossible for the stregth of a human to break that bone. If you were to tie a horse by a stud chain, yes, but not with the strength of your arm.

    This is how I was taught to attach a stud chain. Keeps it from torquing the halter over the nose, and going around the nosebands softens it a bit:

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    I've always seen it wrapped around the nose all the way. Although it is too often used as a quick fix, for some horses it is a great way of getting respect. One firm tug and they get the idea. I hope it works well for you!

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    I always go under the chin
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    I was always to go over their nose as putting under their may cause head tossing and rearing, i have never used one under the chin, so i can;t say for sure, just what I was told...

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    I also run it through the left side of the halter, over the nose, through the right side, then up the cheek. I'm guessing with that big mare, you won't have much more chain length than that anyway! The main thing is to make sure the halter is adjusted so that the chain rests on solid bone, not down lower on the cartilage part of the nose. Yanking when the chain is too low is how you can end up injuring them, but if it's on the really bony bridge of the nose, you should have no problems.

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    I do it like Lindsayanne if they are giving me too much grief. Otherwise its just under the chin.
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    I do it like Lindsayanne. I don't go under the chin because if you do need to use the chain then the horse raises their head to get away from the pressure. Which makes them harder to control because there head is up in the air. Whereas with the way Lindsay showed they lower their heads making it easier to control them. Either way is still correct but this is just my opinion.

    You need to make sure there is little to no slack in the chain. That way they don't get their head jerked around when you do apply the chain (the same principal as to why you need to maintain contact with the mouth while direct reining). When you start to notice her attention drifting away from you all you should need to do is just pull ever so slightly down on the chain towards you. Most horses when they know that they have a chain on are good and you'll never have to use it.

    Also make sure your halter fits correctly. It should be about two inches below the cheek bones. If it is lower then you get near the fragile part of the nose that can break if handled roughly. But as long as your halter fits correctly and you don't let the chain hang down low then you wouldn't be able to break the horses nose with the chain.
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