Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
When I am training a prospect I keep them in the snaffle as long as possible, some horses move out of it faster while others stay in it longer just depends on the horse. I am not a big gag person.....to me the less gag the better BUT that is JMO and what works for our program and personal preference.
The next step up bit is usually a light shanked bit with NO port. I the next step for me is one of the following: Easy 5, Jr. Cowhorse, Tender Touch, Sherry Cervi. I like to try and keep the bit as light as possible without doing more harm then good (using a light bit on a obviously pushy horse is just going to create a tug-of-war. which defeats the purpose of using it).
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.