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post #31 of 86 Old 07-13-2012, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone tried a no bit bridle on their TWH. I have been using a light rider rope bridle on Comanche for a few days on the property, and he seems to go well in it...the only down side is that he kind of zig zags with it, and does not keep the good line he keeps in his snaffle.
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post #32 of 86 Old 07-13-2012, 09:24 PM
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I occassionally ride my barn owner's 2 TWH horses. They are both riden in Dr. Cooks bridles. The mare does great in it all though sometimes her breaks don't work too well but that is a training issue. The gelding goes great in it.

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post #33 of 86 Old 07-14-2012, 05:57 AM Thread Starter
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I occassionally ride my barn owner's 2 TWH horses. They are both riden in Dr. Cooks bridles. The mare does great in it all though sometimes her breaks don't work too well but that is a training issue. The gelding goes great in it.
Thanks for that. I will have a look the cook bridles.
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post #34 of 86 Old 07-14-2012, 01:44 PM
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id save the money for something you actually need.
Answer me this, is there something the horse can't do in a snaffle you think he will do bitless ?
Yeh some horses are ok bitless, untill you really really need some brakes. There is absolutely nothing you can do bitless that you can't do with a bit. Your horse can still eat grass and drink with that snaffle bit. Argualbly you may be able to increase O2 intake with a hackamore. But honestly your limiting factor on your horse is going to be heat management not a bit of extra o2. I am looking into the evap cooler neck wraps and body blankets.
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id save the money for something you actually need.
Answer me this, is there something the horse can't do in a snaffle you think he will do bitless ?
Yeh some horses are ok bitless, untill you really really need some brakes. There is absolutely nothing you can do bitless that you can't do with a bit. Your horse can still eat grass and drink with that snaffle bit. Argualbly you may be able to increase O2 intake with a hackamore. But honestly your limiting factor on your horse is going to be heat management not a bit of extra o2. I am looking into the evap cooler neck wraps and body blankets.
I have a good light rider bitless at the moment, like it, on account of the extra O2 available to the horse, and as my guy is a non-arab...it probably could not hurt. But because he is still relatively a young boy, I am going to keep him in the snaffle, especially because he is eating and drinking on the trail well with it.
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id save the money for something you actually need.
Answer me this, is there something the horse can't do in a snaffle you think he will do bitless ?
Yeh some horses are ok bitless, untill you really really need some brakes. There is absolutely nothing you can do bitless that you can't do with a bit. Your horse can still eat grass and drink with that snaffle bit. Argualbly you may be able to increase O2 intake with a hackamore. But honestly your limiting factor on your horse is going to be heat management not a bit of extra o2. I am looking into the evap cooler neck wraps and body blankets.
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post #37 of 86 Old 07-14-2012, 04:49 PM
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yep think of the blanket, keeping it in cooler with an icy slush, put it on at vet checks. I use the same type of product on me whey I shot alot. They do work.
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post #38 of 86 Old 07-15-2012, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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yep think of the blanket, keeping it in cooler with an icy slush, put it on at vet checks. I use the same type of product on me whey I shot alot. They do work.
I think that is an excellent idea, especially when we have TWH we need all the help we can get :)
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post #39 of 86 Old 07-24-2012, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Well I am afraid my training is going to have to be changed. I just got a good job where I work away for 2 weeks and then I am home 2 weeks. I hope Comanche does not lose too much of his condition when I am working away :(.
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post #40 of 86 Old 07-24-2012, 04:36 PM
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sounds like me when I was on tug boats. Worked out ok, as the 2 weeks I was home I was off so could easily ride every other day.
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