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post #41 of 180 Old 12-28-2010, 08:26 PM
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I use a little s hackamore. I perfer to ride all my horses in one. If I need a bit I like a full cheek snaffle. I'll also use a wonder bit gag if I need a little more control. I like how this bit gives the horse a chance to respond before engageing.

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post #42 of 180 Old 01-05-2011, 08:50 PM
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IMHO if you "need" the extra control, you need to step back in your training and revamp some things...if you use a snaffle now, there is no reason to switch if the horse has been trained properly and responds well to the cues you give.

I appreciate you're advice Mom2Pride, however this is a new horse to me, in beginning stages of training, and he's only been trail ridden up to this point. He's rather lazy on turns and has a tough mouth. The snaffle is fine for trails but it's not working on the drums. My fiance raised him from a colt but he's never done anything with him other than ride trails, he shows TWH's and Storm is a Quarter Horse so he didn't have much use for him other than that. I've never had any exp with a Million dollar bit. I may have phrased my question wrong, what I meant ask was does anyone have any experience with the Martha Josey bit as it pertains to turns?
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post #43 of 180 Old 01-05-2011, 11:08 PM
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Turns come from the body not the mouth. Work on shoulder, rib and hip control.
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post #44 of 180 Old 01-07-2011, 09:25 PM
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I use a Jim Warner lifter to race in on both of my horses, as well as a cable tiedown.

For slow work I use a Myler comfort snaffle.
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post #45 of 180 Old 01-13-2011, 05:54 PM
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I dont have one answer for this.

It depends on the horse. I will use whatever works for that particular horse.

Right now I am using my little s hack and a myler comfort snaffle with a roller.

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post #46 of 180 Old 01-21-2011, 03:34 PM
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I use a double-jointed O-ring snaffle :}

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post #47 of 180 Old 01-21-2011, 10:24 PM
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I start my babies on a dog bone snaffle (usually an O-ring, sometimes a full cheek) and then once I start riding them everyday I move up to a dog bone O-ring combination with the nose band wrapped that way i keep their mouth soft. Then once they are running/ working the barrels at a lope I will move up to a dog bone shank combo that way I have some emergency whoa OR I will go to a similar bit without a noseband if they are horses that have too much rate. So...
1. basic dog bone snaffle
2. dog bone O-ring combo
3. dog bone shank combo OR dog bone shank w/ out noseband.
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post #48 of 180 Old 01-22-2011, 02:05 AM
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I start my babies on a dog bone snaffle (usually an O-ring, sometimes a full cheek) and then once I start riding them everyday I move up to a dog bone O-ring combination with the nose band wrapped that way i keep their mouth soft. Then once they are running/ working the barrels at a lope I will move up to a dog bone shank combo that way I have some emergency whoa OR I will go to a similar bit without a noseband if they are horses that have too much rate. So...
1. basic dog bone snaffle
2. dog bone O-ring combo
3. dog bone shank combo OR dog bone shank w/ out noseband.
Just curious....why do you use combos on a green horse?
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post #49 of 180 Old 01-22-2011, 02:29 AM
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Just curious....why do you use combos on a green horse?

The reason I use a O-ring combo on a green horse is because it takes a lot of pressure off of their mouth. By the time I put my O-ring combo on my horse I will be able to do a lot with my feet there for I will not need my reins much and when I do use my reins its not pulling on their mouth. A combo like I use (noseband wrapped with lots of vet wrap and tape) uses 80% pressure on the nose only 20% on the mouth. Im not saying what I use is the only way to do it, thats just how I have always kept my horses light in the mouth which is a huge blessing down the road for a barrel horse.
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post #50 of 180 Old 02-07-2011, 11:02 PM
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I train her in a normal snaffle, but run her in a Barrel Hackamore.
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