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    10-29-2010, 06:43 PM
Quick Bit question

Currently riding in a single jointed Kimberwick. It's okay as far as how Rainy likes it, but honestly, I'm not a fan. When asking for a headset, it's either super nosed out or completely overflexed. Trying to get the happy medium is next to impossible. I've tried a simple D-ring snaffle, and I have no control over her head that way. Suggestions? Either for a different bit or exercises for headset, I'm open to anything. I have plenty of time to work on it- all through winter- but I'd like to get it down by late spring/early summer, and I really want some advice. Thanks guys!

PS: I know bits are the fix-all, but I do think some horses work better in certain bits, and I don't know if a Kimberwick is the best choice for us.
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    10-29-2010, 07:18 PM
Why are you trying to control her head so much?
    10-29-2010, 07:33 PM
What do you mean?
As far as control of her head, I mean I'm working towards an English huntseat headset.
    10-29-2010, 07:46 PM
You shouldn't actually be messing with her face. She will round and her head will fall into place on it's own if you ride her properly back to front.
I'm still learning exactly how to do this but here are some threads that asked the same question:

Teaching a horse to keep it's head down?

How to "keep" horse on bit?

Collection and Getting the Head Down

I'm sure some other members will able to give you more advice tailored to your horse =)
    10-29-2010, 07:54 PM
Thanks for the links!

Suggestions for a different bit is still open and out there though, I'm still not liking the Kimberwick. I've heard too much about it not being a good bit and I'd rather not use it if I can't use it well- which seems to be the case lately.
    10-29-2010, 07:55 PM
I really like french link O ring snaffles. I've had the most success with them on the widest range of horses. My personal horse quite likes his kimberwick, but more often than not I ride him in a D ring double jointed snaffle.
    10-29-2010, 07:57 PM
I'll remember both. I'm going to a tack sale in January, so I'll be looking for cheap bits there- in the meantime I'm somewhat limited to testing different bits.
    11-02-2010, 01:42 AM
Maybe try a french link like mentioned above or a dr. Bristol. I have a full cheek copper snaffle that my horse really seems to enjoy.....

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