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post #31 of 33 Old 08-09-2009, 09:55 PM
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Of course you leave more on a barefoot horse, but these people can very well cut half the hoof off, literally, to get the 'right barefoot trim'' and then the horse is lame for up to a year, or et's put down ''because the previous shoe his an illness'''.. that makes me really mad! Grr!

Sure, horses are born barefoot, but they're also born without a rider.

I'm all foor barefoot horses, but if there is a gaiting problem and the horse has recently lost the shoes, I still say - get the shoes back untill you find the problem. It might very well need shoes and.. well, I've already said it all, no point in rambling.

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post #32 of 33 Old 08-14-2009, 07:54 AM
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Charlene1985 My suggestion is to contact the original owners (if you can get a return call) and find out what bit they used on him.
I did start my young girls in a Cooks bit less, then to a french link d ring but my ultimate goal is to put them in a curb bit.
Those who think its the bit that makes a hard mouth are wrong. Its hard hands. Any bit can make a hard mouth even a piece of rope.
Go with what works with your horse and don't worry about what others say.
I used to ride in an Imus comfort bit (which is indeed a shanked bit) until I noticed a separation at the center that could be a pinch point. I think Ms. Imus is aware of the quality issue with them and is working on it.
In the mean time I have gone back to my old standby, A Myler that looks like this. I think its a Lynn McKenzie series bit.

Just an FYI. As far as hard mouth vs soft mouth. The action of the bit in the mouth is determined by the mechanics of the bit. Some rely on tongue pressure some on bar pressure some on a combination of tongue bars, poll, nose and curb. You want to start off easy thus the direct reining pressure of the snaffle and bitless. A finished horse relies less on the bit pressure and more on the other cues like leg, seat, voice etc.
If you want to start refining the motions you start a bit that has seperate side action. I want I finished horse to neck rein. I find the curb bit is better at communicating that action.
Sorry I'm rambling now
My advice to you is to Do what works for you.
Sometimes we (at least me) have a tendency to over think things and listen to too much advise rather than just working it out ourselves. No one can tell you whats going to work with you and your horse. That's the reason there are so many bits choices Not all horses can handle a snaffle bit because of the nut cracker action on the tongue. Others can't handle a curb.

PS All of our kids are barefoot. We use hoof-boots on those rare occasions when the terrain is to rough.

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post #33 of 33 Old 08-14-2009, 08:25 AM
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Sorry to double post but I wanted to share an article with you.
I find my posture makes a big difference in how well Vida gaits. Look toward the middle of the article, the photo of the woman with the tilted hips. Vida gates beautifully if I maintain that "weight to the back of the saddle" posture. Try it, it may help you

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