Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
"I would take him back down to a snaffle bit"
On most horses the snaffle is just as severe, if not more so, than the "walking horse bit". In order for a bit to be at least somewhat comfortable for a horse it has to leave room for the tongue. Of course no bit is comfortable to begin with, but a snaffle is one of the worst. It leaves absolutely no room for the tongue. With a snaffle any time you put any pressure on the bit, it presses down on the tongue.
The bit needs to have a rise to give tongue room. I like the Mylar 01 comfort bit. I find it works well for starting horses, and sometimes is the permanent bit of choice for the horse.
You can force a horse, whether intentionally or not, to accept any thing. The real difference is the quickness of showing the horse you are not going to hurt him with the bit. And the longevity of the horse accepting the bit.
And the concept of not letting then carry a high, natural head set, because it hollows the back is simply not true. In the beginning the more natural they move, the easier it is for them, and the better they will do. Tucked in head sets are for the human's enjoyment, not the horse's. How often do you see a horse at liberty in the pasture with his nose tucked in, never?
Last edited by bbsmfg3; 02-22-2013 at 11:07 AM.