Monty Roberts Dually Halter BEST PRICE FREE UK Postage Free Instructional DVD
Would you like a horse that is easy to lead, stands still when you ask and loads like a dream? Training with the Dually halter is the right place to start. The adjustable halter was designed by Monty Roberts and can be helpful in a number of different ways; from leading, loading, long-reining and even as a bitless bridle. It can also be used as a standard headcollar to tie on the non-training ring. The Dually (pronounced ‘Dooley’ comes with an instructional DVD to explain its fitting and use. (See further fitting details below).
The Dually is a kinder and more useful alternative to a bridle, chifney or a chain over the nose which may ‘control’ but teach nothing. The Dually is not designed to cause pain; but to help the horse understand through pressure and release training.
The halters are different colours for different sizes.
What impact does it have on the horse?
“The reason you are using the Dually is because it won’t damage or desensitise your horse’s mouth,” says Kelly. “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 other options,” adds Kelly.
Sizes come up quite large but there are plenty of holes so there is good adjustability. The smallest which is the mini would fit a foal or miniature Shetland. Extra small would fit a Welsh Section A or Shetland to a 13hh pony with a finer head. Small would fit is a 13 hh pony going up to a 15.2 hh with a smaller head. The medium would fit from 14 hh Big Head to a finer 16.2 hh, The large is LARGE! Please note the extra small are only available in green, small are only available in red, the medium are only available in black and the large only available in blue!
Measurements taken from the horse for fitting:
Nose – just below the cheek bones and around the whole face
Head – around the area you would fit a Bridle headpiece and throat lash
Cheek – Down the side of the face where you would fit Bridle cheek pieces
The Dually Halter is colour coded is according to size.
Mini Size is Purple
No measurements available
Extra Small Size is Green
Nose – Minimum 19 inches, Maximum 24.5 inches
Head – Minimum 25 inches, Maximum 34 inches
Cheek – From Ring – Ring 6 inches
Small Size is Red,
Nose – Minimum 19.5 inches, Maximum 26 inches
Head – Minimum 29 inches, Maximum 35 inches
Cheek – From Ring – Ring 7 inches
Medium Size is Black
Nose – Minimum 24 inches, Maximum 28 inches
Head – Minimum 35 inches, Maximum 41.5 inches
Cheek – From Ring – Ring 8 inches
Large Size is Blue
Nose – Minimum 23 inches, Maximum 35 inches
Head – Minimum 38 inches, Maximum 48 inches
Cheek – From Ring – Ring 9 inches
If you are unsure what size Dually Halter you need for your horse find a tape and measure on one side from his poll to one inch below his cheek bone and then around his nose one inch below his cheek bone. If you have any questions please call us on 01488 71300.
Fitting the Dually Halter
FITTING IN DETAIL:
Remember you have the Dually Halter on your horse 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.
Using the Dually:
It might take a little while to get used to the dually halter 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 conceivably 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.