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post #11 of 15 Old 04-17-2011, 05:30 PM
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Bits labeled "TWH bit" tend to have insanely long shanks. I rode my walkers in a simple snaffle. Then moved one up to a plain low port curb with 6" shanks. My younger one just got moved into a Billy Allen with 5" shanks.

Their previous owner used a head piece that combined bit pressure with a nose band that applied pressure on the nose as well. Personally, I feel that as long as you find the least severe bit that works for your horse you are fine. It varies a lot from different horses too by what they respond best too. My Zeke hates the nutcracker effect, but likes some give to the bit, which is why he's in a Billy Allen, and he's done AMAZING in it.
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-19-2011, 10:17 AM
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we've had nothing but success with the Imus bits, they're great!

Originally Posted by Gent N Diva View Post
Both my walkers go in an Imus comfort bit. There is NO need for a twisted wire anything, much less double twisted with a 7 inch shank, period. If someone's horse needs this in their mouth to be controlled...they need more training not a torture device in their mouth. That is a severe bit when used with the contact TWH are ridden in. I am disgusted by most of the bits I see on alot of show ring walkers, it's ridiculous. I used both the Imus training bit, and the Imus comfort bit and I show in it with no problems. I also show lite shod and don't crank my horse's head up into an unnatural position to make her squat like a dog needing to pee in the show ring.

Wonder bits are used often, although I personally did not like them for my horses and chose not to use them. You can show in a wonder bit. I preferred the Imus comfort bit because it didn't cause intimidation or pain to acheive a nice headset and the shanks aren't overly long. For someone trail riding, if you can get away with a snaffle, great!

I am not entirely sure why it became the notion that you need shanks as long as a person's arm to ride a walker in, but somewhere along the line it became popular and the "norm", especially for show ring walkers.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-22-2011, 01:16 AM
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I ride in a double broken d ring snaffle with a losenge. I am pretty much of a snaffle junky, I don't believe horses, any discipline, need a bigger bit, it's just a shortcut for holes in training.

If you want your horse to break at the pole, you need to learn to help your horse give to the bit not put big old shanks and ports on them. If you want them to stop, you need to teach them to stop.

As far as showing, you need to decide what are you showing? English? Western? I know someone who just showed in a bosal so I don't think there are strict standards. Also, are you showing TWHBEA or NWHA? Two totally different animals. I personally show CTR, obstacle courses & extreme trail challenges at this point. No interest at all in breed shows.

I know it seems pretty different, I got into gaited horses from an english background, tried to find the "gaited" way, found a lot of BS so just went back to the basics and have been very happy with the results. My Walker is so smart, easy to train, he retains what he learns and has such a great demeanor, so I am least stuck on this particular guy.

Good luck!
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-27-2011, 12:05 PM
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Wonder bits are excellent. If you plan to show though, I prefer a Walking Horse bit with a plain joined snaffle mouthpiece (mine has 8" shanks). It gives a better headset than the wonder bit though both are nice.

Let your walkin' do your talkin'
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-28-2011, 12:37 AM
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I have a MFT (two), but also owned two TWH's and now a TWHxMFT. That little guy does nothing but gait

This is what my five year old MFT is rode in:
Seven inch shanks SOUNDS like a lot but in reality it's actually rather short. He carries a snaffle OK but he doesn't like the feel of it when being cued. I put him in a mullen-type bit (virtually portless) and he put his tongue over it and did all sorts of fun gymnastics. Bridle adjusted accordingly, of course.

It's really a nice, quite bit. It doesn't have the nasty square port and my boy really carries it well. He neck reins and leg-cues pretty much anyways, being a greenie we do have to use the reins occasionally but it's quite rare and never, ever, to such a point as to cause serious discomfort. Usually for a little more firm of a cue like "Hey, Red, helloooo Red man. Your falling asleep here, lets turn in a circle....innn a circle. There you go!"
His circles are huge and silly-slow. He's learning to release his hindquarters and loosen up. Lots of finishing work to do when he comes home.

My two TWH's I rode in Hackamores. They where old farts, the first, General Patton, was rode in this OBSCENE 'twh' bit. He was very happy in his hackamore afterwards. Sammy, the second, I think was also rode in one of those mind-numbing-shanks-half-a-mile-long bits, he liked his hackamore (or just a halter, did great in that) and nothing more.

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