Tack for my TWH

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    03-13-2012, 04:42 PM
Tack for my TWH

I just purchased my first TWH over the weekend. I'm not sure what is the best bit for her. I have received a lot of information and really I'm more confused, "Use something a little harsh, Use a simple snaffle, Use...." You get the picture.

I went into one of our local Feed & Tack Supply stores and the guy there told me I should consider a Hackamore and Mane Hair Mecates Rein (she is not neck reined and I would like her to be)...

I would like to get some insight from those of you have TWH or at least are directly familiar with them. So many of the opinions I have gotten in general talking are from people who have never actually owned a walker.
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    03-13-2012, 06:02 PM
Green Broke
By any chance the person you got her from didn't mention what bit they rode did they?
    03-13-2012, 07:32 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
By any chance the person you got her from didn't mention what bit they rode did they?
This would be the most obvious choice. I assume you tacked up and rode before your purchase.
    03-13-2012, 09:39 PM
The guy I bought her from had only had her for about 8 months. His uncle raises and trains them in Tuscaloosa, AL. She was given to him as a gift. He really wasnt very educated where horses are concerned- was still learning himself. The bit he had when I arrived was a copper snaffle bit (Tom Thumb I think) he told me that was not her normal bit, just an extra he had.. She did not seem real happy with it with but she still rode and acted well. When my husband and I went the next day to bring her home he actually had another bit, just a small simple looking snaffle. She seemed to like it better. -- Today, since my post, I called and bought his saddle which I really liked, very comfy and fit her well, and the blanket, bits, bridle...basically all he had. I will pick up other things as I learn more about the TWH and what works well with this breed.

Does anyone have any suggestions/opinions of a good bit to use for the TWH?
    03-13-2012, 10:52 PM
There is no one "good bit" for a TWH, any more than there is a single "good bit" for any other breed.

My TWH does well in the Robart's pinchless TWH bit, and I like the bit as well.

But he also does well in a full cheek snaffle. I haven't taken him out in the snaffle in a while. I may do that again just for a refresher.
    03-14-2012, 10:43 AM
The best thing to do is try her in several and see how she goes. Just don't listen to the story that TWH(or gaited horses in general) have to have a super long shanked bit. If that's what they work best in then go for it, but there are a lot of horses that are shoved into more severe bits to get collection, etc...when it's really not necessary
    03-14-2012, 11:02 AM
Thank you Jacksmama. That is the kind of information I was hoping for.
    03-14-2012, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
NP Sweet Iron Loose Cheek Western Curb Bit 5in - Horse.com

Don't let the price fool you , this is a really good general purpose bit. All I use on my Walkers. And Walkers is all I ride. I have a couple friends riding walkers and Spotted saddle horses that use the same or an extremely similar bit. I found my horse didnt like the jointed bits, seemed to toss his head around alot. I can collect him up nicely into a trail gait, I usually neck rein him, but can direct rein no problem with this bit. He doesnt have a problem eating or drinking with it either. I trail and endurance ride him so am more concerned with going and smooth ride. I have no idea if he is holding the prim and proper head position and really don't care.
Id start with a mild non jointed curb bit. As long as it has enough Whoooo I wouldnt worry.
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    03-14-2012, 08:42 PM
Green Broke
Got to agree with Joe. I ride my walker in a medium port curb, and 8" shank.
    03-15-2012, 06:36 PM
I use a snaffel on a 5 inch shank..thinking of losing the shank seeing is he is a trail horse and gaits fine and does fine in it.When I got him he was in a double twisted wire on a 7 inch shank.It ws horrible he hated it.When I switched to the snaffle he played less with his bit and was more willing to take it

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