Monty Roberts Dually Halter with free training DVD


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Monty Roberts Dually Halter with FREE Instructional DVD 

Do you have a strong or bolshy horse that misbehaves every time you lead him in from the field? Or do you need a bit of extra help while loading or long-reining a nappy or nervous type? The Dually training halter, designed by Monty Roberts, can be used in a number of different situations from leading, loading and long-reining.

What is it?

The Dually is a patented training halter, designed by Monty Roberts, which effectively rewards horses for acting in partnership with their handler.

It’s very versatile as it can be used as a standard headcollar, training halter or even a bitless bridle. It’s fully adjustable and comes with an instructional video to explain its fitting and use. (See futher fitting details below). The Dually is mainly used as a schooling aid (as an alternative to a bridle, chifney, lunge cavesson, halter with a chain over the nose) or as a standard headcollar. The halters are colour coded and green is the smallest size.

 How it does it work?

It works on the basis of pressure and release and is far more sophisticated than wrapping the lead rope around the horse’s nose, as it is very precise and will release pressure/apply it in the correct way.

In the words of Kelly Marks:

 “The ring on the sliding noseband is positioned high on the nose, not low, so it doesn’t put pressure on the very sensitive parts of the horse’s head,” says Kelly.

“The pressure is only applied when the horse backs away from you or moves out of the ‘comfort zone’ (this being within a respectable distance from you). As soon as they move back, away, or stop - the pressure is immediately applied and their instinctive reaction is to move out of the pressure zone and come back towards you. “When they do this they are instantly rewarded as the pressure releases straight away.”

 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

Sizes come up quite large but there are plenty of holes so there is good adjustability. The smallest which is the 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!

The Dually is colour coded is according to size.

Extra Small Size is Green
Small Size is Red
Medium Size is Black 
Large Size is Blue

Extra Small Green Dually Measurements
Poll to bottom of halter - i.e where training rope goes (so measure your horse from his poll to 2 inches below his cheek bone - middle fitting (ideal size) is 15 inches, the smallest fitting is 13 inches and the largest fitting is 18 inches.
Around the nose just below the cheek bone - the largest it will fit is 18 inches
Small Red Dually Measurements
Poll to bottom of halter - i.e where training rope goes (so measure your horse from his poll to 2 inches below his cheek bone - middle fitting (ideal size) is 15 inches, the smallest fitting is 13 inches and the largest fitting is 21 inches.
Around the nose just below the cheek bone - the largest it will fit is 24 inches
Medium Black Dually Measurements
Poll to bottom of halter - i.e where training rope goes (so measure your horse from his poll to 2 inches below his cheek bone - middle fitting (ideal size) is 20 inches, the smallest fitting is 18 inches and the largest fitting is 22 inches.
Around the nose just below the cheek bone - the largest it will fit is 26 inches 
Large Blue Dually Measurements
Poll to bottom of halter - i.e where training rope goes (so measure your horse from his poll to 2 inches below his cheek bone - middle fitting (ideal size) is 22 inches, the smallest fitting is 20 inches and the largest fitting is 24 inches
Around the nose just below the cheek bone - the largest it will fit is 32 inches
 
If you are unsure what size Dually 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.
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.