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  • Snaffles for twh horses
  • Snaffle bit in western for TWH

 
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    09-26-2010, 05:43 PM
  #11
Yearling
Depends on the horse.

Some (like my Foxtrotter Loki) are great in a simple snaffle bit or a shank bit.
Others, like the MFT I rode the other day, worked best in an extremely mild shank bit. It had a slight curve in the solid mouthpiece, and nice short shanks. He was extremely light and soft to ride, a real pleasure. Very well trained.

If he was in a snaffle, he most likely would have not been. He did best with seat and leg, light contact in the mouth. With the directness of the snaffle, he would have been nothing but a problem. Head tossing, rearing, etc. You would need to apply much more rein to achieve the same results as what you got with the shank bit.
With him, you deepened your seat and suggested with the rein and he would stop or (if asked) back up. A minuscule amount of rein contact was all that was needed, like I said, he was very soft and responsive.

He liked to have his head, carried himself beautifully, and neck reined very well. He liked the bit and so worked well in it. My TWHx Sammy hated shanked bits. He liked his snaffles or hackamores, or even better, just a halter.

It varies from horse to horse. Some will completely ignore the snaffle and be hard-mouthed beasts in them, but will be soft and light in a mild shank. Or vice versa, hard in a shank, easy in a snaffle. Some work best in a bitless or hackamore. Just depends!
     
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    09-26-2010, 05:47 PM
  #12
Foal
I train my TWHs in a snaffle bit just like you would any young horse. You can still ride in a snaffle if you want but for show you should ride in a TWH bit. These bits aren't harsh by themselves. It has to do with the size of the port and how tight the curb is. I ride a very mild port (I ride a regular western bit on trails) and the curb is so loose it is mostly for show, but then I can ride Jane in a halter. I have seen some of those western pleasure bits with ports over an inch tall so TWH isn't the only disipline to use them. The bit is usually not so much an issue as how heavy you are on the horses mouth.
     
    09-27-2010, 05:06 AM
  #13
Yearling
A friend of mine has a Walker that would only go well in a Walking Horse bit. It cost $90 but she bought three or four of them because he went so well in it. However, we went to a clinic this summer and one of the clinicians suggested riding him in a snaffle to work on his headset and to get him more supple throughout his entire body. The owner of the barn I work at has Tennesee Walkers, and all of them are ridden in snaffles and they work beautifully in them.
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    09-27-2010, 12:20 PM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by trailqueen    
I train my TWHs in a snaffle bit just like you would any young horse. You can still ride in a snaffle if you want but for show you should ride in a TWH bit. These bits aren't harsh by themselves. It has to do with the size of the port and how tight the curb is. I ride a very mild port (I ride a regular western bit on trails) and the curb is so loose it is mostly for show, but then I can ride Jane in a halter. I have seen some of those western pleasure bits with ports over an inch tall so TWH isn't the only disipline to use them. The bit is usually not so much an issue as how heavy you are on the horses mouth.
Agree'd. When riding in a curbed/shanked bit you should ALWAYS be light in the hand, in my opinion. There was a lady riding with us who balanced on the reins, can you say not a happy horse? You can-not-be-in-the-mouth-with-a-curb-bit! If you wanna have contact, ride English in a snaffle

I personally don't think you need a massive port in the bit. A small to moderate port is fine, but you don't need a a small brick in there
     
    09-27-2010, 01:42 PM
  #15
Foal
New here. I rode my TWH in a long cheek snaffle bit. My Mountain horse is in a Myler level III with a calvery shank and NO curb. IMO, walker bits are for show only.
     
    09-27-2010, 03:47 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I have a neighbor who has both Foxtrotters and a TWH and she rides all of them in something like this:

http://www.kotrading.com/productimages/bits/651sm.jpg

Basically, the shortest shanked, mildest curb she can find. That is what my Foxtrotter does well in too.

She actually rides them two-handed with contact, but very, very light contact. From what I understand, you basically want to push them into the bridle a little. Kind of like you are asking for collection, except they want their head a little bit up and the nose out. They don't want them breaking at the poll.

That is to encourage gait. But for regular trail riding, just ride in whatever your horse responds well in. I've tried all sorts of bits on my Foxtrotter (I am new to gaited horses) and keep coming back to the bit posted above. Moving parts in a bit make her nervous so the less complicated the better it seems for my mare.
     
    09-29-2010, 04:06 PM
  #17
Foal
Thumbs up They are very versatile

I have had Tennessee Walking Horses my whole life and I have ridden and seen them ridden in countless bits, the things that matter most are the environment (showing, trail ridding, versatility, etc.), and the horse its self(stubborn, hard mouthed; or gentle, sensitive mouthed).
     
    09-29-2010, 09:29 PM
  #18
Yearling
My TWH mare came to me with her long-shanked walking horse bit & bridle. I was afraid my hands weren't light enough to ride her without hurting her, so tried her in a snaffle to see what happened. She will gait in either type of bit just fine. So we settled on a mild reining bit with a low port, loose curb, and short shanks with loose cheeks. Ironically, you can buy walker bits with short shanks that are very similar to the reining bit she's using now. She goes well and gives her face when I ask her to flex, but the solid mouthpiece gives a clearer signal than the regular snaffle (at least in my hands) when it's time to just go straight.
     

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