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        09-05-2010, 07:14 PM
      #31
    Green Broke
    Bitless works really well for going more in than in a straight line. I used it on my draft.
         
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        09-08-2010, 05:43 PM
      #32
    Foal
    To all of you THANK YOU-
    Satchmo-I've looked at them but can't make up my mind-and I don't think it's for her, she has a mind of her own sometimes.
    Twogeldings, thanks a lot, good info, have been thinking about getting a snaffle as well.
    Cloudsmystique-could you put a pic up of the one you are using, 'cause I'm thinking that might be what she needs.
         
        09-08-2010, 05:58 PM
      #33
    Foal
    I AM SORRY IF I STARTED SOMETHING ON HERE- IT WAS NOT MY INTEND TO HAVE PEOPLE ARGUE BACK AND FORTH-I APPRECIATE EVERYONES COMMENTS.
    But I do have to say that bitless is NOT for every horse, some horses do need some reenforcement.
    Mystique-once again could you post a pic of yours that you use on ur MFT.
    Thanks
         
        09-08-2010, 08:06 PM
      #34
    Started
    Here are a few that my mare really likes...



    Aluminum ported curb with swivel shanks (I've tried both a low port and a high port and she liked both):


    Non-slotted, straight-bar, low port Kimberwick:


    Loose-ring French link snaffle:


    Imus comfort gait bit:
         
        09-08-2010, 09:27 PM
      #35
    Trained
    Satrider, I'm sure you know this, but I think it needs to be said again. Some horses don't like being ridden bitless, it isn't always a matter of needing reinforcement. I ride Soda in a double jointed snaffle (much like what CM posted). It's an extremely mild bit and I rarely need more than a twitch of my fingers to direct him. But he hates bitless bridles (Dr. Cook in particular). I think it has something to do with the pressure around his face, but I could be wrong.

    I'm sorry for bring it up again, but I don't like the conception that if a horse isn't ridden bitless it's because they "need" something stronger. For him it wasn't a matter of strength, more of how the pressure was applied.
         
        09-09-2010, 01:26 AM
      #36
    Foal
    Cloud--thank you
    Aluminum ported curb with swivel shanks (I've tried both a low port and a high port and she liked both):



    I am using one similar to this one, only --and that was actually that I was worried about--is- the mouthpiece is more like a snaffle, and I thought that might be pinching her too much, even though I've noticed just this last Saturday-she was doing pretty good and did not move her head too much. I have a regular snaffle bit and may try that but I have to buy a leather curb strap first. Thanks again.
         
        09-09-2010, 06:25 AM
      #37
    Weanling
    Satrider, have you ever thought maybe the sides of the bit are pinching her mouth? There are round pieces you can put on to keep that out of their mouth.
         
        09-09-2010, 09:19 AM
      #38
    Weanling
    Satrider, I have several bits for sale, including 3 Imus Bits, that I think would work well with your horse...I also have a bitless bridle for sale...but there is a reason its for sale...

    Nate
         

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