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    08-06-2011, 03:49 PM
  #21
Weanling
I use a KK Ultra Dee ring...I have yet to encounter a horse that doesn't like a KK Ultra bit...they're fantastic.
     
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    08-08-2011, 06:35 AM
  #22
Trained
I use an eggbutt snaffle with a lozenge. Monty loves it. I have tried soooo many bits with him. Kimblewick (because I felt like I needed more control), single jointed sweet iron snaffle, thick loose ring snaffle with a lozenge, rubber loose ring snaffle... there are more but I can't think of them off the top of my head.

Sometimes I do feel like I need more control so I briefly considered trying a pelham with double reins & riding on the snaffle rein 99% of the time, using the curb rein only when Monty wouldn't listen. Only trouble with that is that the pelham is not dressage legal and so I would have to go back to the snaffle for that phase of eventing... and dressage/flatwork is when he's the hottest. Or I'm at my most nervous, or whatever it is.
     
    08-12-2011, 01:00 AM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by huntrjumprjenn    
Right, but instead of using a stronger bit to manhandle a horse into responding, he should be brought back to the basics in order to listen to your aids. Yes, it takes months of hard, slow work, but it is worth it in the end, for the horse's sake as well as the rider's. My Olympic trainer who has produced countless horses for over 60 years has never used a bit stronger than a slow twist. This in itself speaks for how versatile this type of bit is, whether it be an Open Jumper or a Grand Prix Dressage horse.
I know my horse and what we need to work on, but thanks for the advice...
     
    08-12-2011, 10:36 PM
  #24
Foal
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Originally Posted by eqkidd    
I know my horse and what we need to work on, but thanks for the advice...
Not sure why you would post on HF if you've got it all under control? If you aren't willing to look past the obvious and try to find the root of why something is the way it is, you're really hindering yourself as a rider as well as your horse. But since you already knew that, can't wait to see you in 2012's Olympic Games:)!
     
    08-13-2011, 01:32 AM
  #25
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cinnys Whinny    
When I first got Cin I had to start all over from scratch with him so for the first month we did ground work only. At that point I used my very old and trusty loose ring sweet iron on him because he was mainly just carrying it around getting used to something in his mouth. Then I switched to the same Fulmer I have always used on horses most of my life. When we started working with a Dressage trainer she talked me into buying one of those very expensive Sprengers and because we were still trying to get him to accept the bit I opted for the WH though it wasn't show legal. He did okaaaaay in it. For our first show I had to get something "legal" and didn't want to spring for another Sprenger so I bought a Korsteel Oval mouth copper loose ring snaffle because it was cheaper than the Sprenger RS my trainer wanted me to get but very similar. Well, that bit is MAGIC, he loves it!!! I sold the Sprenger wh on Ebay and got Cinny some boots with the money I got for it :) We use this bit for EVERYTHING and I'm opting to buy a second one just so I don't mess up my bridles by taking it on and off to go with whichever bridle I use (we use it for WP, Dressage, trail, everything).
I have had GREAT success with the Korsteel Oval Mouth bits, though mine have always been the eggbutt snaffles version. My gelding hated jointed bits with a passion, put him in one of them after being recommended by my instructor and he was a completely different horse. He used to play with the middle and make it squeak all the time (had a habit of doing that with any bit)... it was when he didn't do that you knew something was up

My green mare started out in a full cheek eggbutt, but took a liking to my other mare's tom thumb because of the bars being shorter (she's very sensitive about her mouth and head from being abused when younger). Now she despises that (she's at the stage where she feels the bars and goes "MUMMM I KNOW HOW TO TURN ALREADY!") so just bought her an Oval Mouth that arrived yesterday.

Have gotten a few friends onto them too... cannot recommend them enough with all the success stories I've heard.
     
    08-13-2011, 01:47 AM
  #26
Foal
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Originally Posted by huntrjumprjenn    
Not sure why you would post on HF if you've got it all under control? If you aren't willing to look past the obvious and try to find the root of why something is the way it is, you're really hindering yourself as a rider as well as your horse. But since you already knew that, can't wait to see you in 2012's Olympic Games:)!
Clearly you do not understand. I was not posting this topic for 'help,' but rather to discuss bits. If I needed help, I would post a topic asking or ask a proffesional. You just came along assuming that my horse can't accept more than one bit and that he needs to be brought back down to the 'basics.'
You have no idea who I am or what me and my horse are capable of doing. It's...funny, in a way.
If you want, you can PM, and we can discuss this further.
     

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