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    06-02-2013, 03:45 PM
  #11
Weanling
I like a Myler comfort snaffle, if I use a bit. I have been very happy with riding halters on a lot of my horses. I don't use tie downs or spurs either. I have a nice relaxed horse that is not afraid of getting jabbed in the side or yanked in the mouth. Since they are not worried about pain, they seem to listen better and are willing to do what I ask.
     
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    06-02-2013, 04:12 PM
  #12
Foal
I agree that the mechanics of the mouth, palette, and tongue are the main dictators of the type of bit or sans bit you go with. My OTSTB has a large and fleshy tongue with a low and sensitive palette (he was driven on the track in a plain driving snaffle but a crit davis overcheck which is quite harsh) so every bit in my barn was just too much bit for him. I also had to factor in the scarring left from his pulling at the track, which pretty much left me with the Pee Wee bit as a gentle bit that is thin and doesn't put pressure on his palette. He went from heavy on the reins (and locked on the left) to being very responsive to light cues.
     
    06-05-2013, 03:28 PM
  #13
Foal
I like the Myler 3 Ring Combination Bit with the comfort snaffle. The way it is designed you can ride your horse more off the nose or more off the bit, depending on your horse's temperament and behavior. The overall effect is to give the horse ample opportunity to respond to the rider's rein signals, in addition to dispersing the rein pressure over multiple pressure points rather than concentrating on the bars or tongue.
     
    06-05-2013, 08:22 PM
  #14
Green Broke
My Foxtrotter goes wonderfully in a Myler HBT shank bit with the #33 mouthpiece.

http://www.etackroom.com/images/bits/myler/level-3/89_20335.jpg

The mouthpiece is contoured and the large port gives tongue relief. My mare doesn't like tongue pressure and hates snaffles as well as anything without a port. Even other Mylers and the Imus and Robart style bits without a port.

Up until then I thought the port looked harsh but I was greatly mistaken! Myler recommends moving up to the #33 at the top of the horse's training because as the horse is coming along in training you can trust them with less and less tongue pressure. My mare isn't hardly the perfect trail horse but she loves this bit. I use it on my Mustang as well.
     
    06-05-2013, 08:54 PM
  #15
Showing
I ride 2 Rocky Mountain horses. I had a Brenda Imus bit several years ago and liked it very much until it started to fall apart :( There may have been an improvement in quality since then. I now use a Myler HBT shank with the comfort mouthpiece. It is classified as a level 2 bit. I ride my older Rocky in it. I have a Myler Lynn McKenzie HBG gag bit which is a level one. I use this on my younger Rocky who is still in training.
Myler bits are rated for training levels.
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    06-05-2013, 08:54 PM
  #16
Showing
I love my Brenda Imus Easy-gaited Bit. My Paso Fino gelding responds very well to it, and it has the option of switching your reins to the snaffle rings if you need to school with two reins.
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    06-06-2013, 12:43 AM
  #17
Foal
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Here is a Pee Wee bit and I found a brand new one on eBay for $15 so there are deals out there. I got this bit originally because my OTSTB pulled really hard and it is a long ingrained habit and this bit got him off his face and my hands. It took maybe 5 or 6 rides to get him to relax and not expect pain but now he is a lot more relaxed undersaddle and is picking up that lovely rack with only the lightest of contact.
     
    06-06-2013, 12:13 PM
  #18
Foal
When I got my TWH last year, she was also being ridden in a long shank bit; I prefer not to use bits with any of my horses, so I began with lots of ground work with my mare, until she had a good understanding of what I wanted her to do, and so that she would learn to see me as a reliable leader; I then introduced her to a LightRider Bitless Bridle on the ground, so that she could become accustomed to the feel of it and learn to understand the cues; if you are interested in bitless riding, I really like the philosophy of Carlos Tabernaberri; "the only bit a horse needs is a bit of understanding"; he believes that no horse actually needs a bit, as long as you take the time to achieve a level of understanding, and respect between horse and rider' anyway, my TWH goes really well in her LightRider, and is very sensitive and responsive, even though she has some get up and go when that is requested of her; good luck with your new horse; Walkers are awesome!
     
    06-06-2013, 12:34 PM
  #19
Yearling
We have a peruvian paso now. His previous owner used a snaffle with some leverage. I don't have any of those so I stuck a snaffle in his mouth and he goes fine.

I'd like to get him a bit with a roller since his tongue is always doing something, whether he has a bit in his mouth or not. He just licks everything and the activity doesn't stop with a bit.
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    06-11-2013, 12:02 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by autumn rain    
When I got my TWH last year, she was also being ridden in a long shank bit; I prefer not to use bits with any of my horses, so I began with lots of ground work with my mare, until she had a good understanding of what I wanted her to do, and so that she would learn to see me as a reliable leader; I then introduced her to a LightRider Bitless Bridle on the ground, so that she could become accustomed to the feel of it and learn to understand the cues; if you are interested in bitless riding, I really like the philosophy of Carlos Tabernaberri; "the only bit a horse needs is a bit of understanding"; he believes that no horse actually needs a bit, as long as you take the time to achieve a level of understanding, and respect between horse and rider' anyway, my TWH goes really well in her LightRider, and is very sensitive and responsive, even though she has some get up and go when that is requested of her; good luck with your new horse; Walkers are awesome!
Good point,

I've always ridden my Walker (and have seen others ride theirs) in a relatively long shanked bit, 4 to 8 inches, whether it be broken or a curb. I did recently switch my boy over to a Nurtural Bitless Bridle, and he does wonderfully in it. He will never be able to return to a snaffle because, unfornutely, he had a shanked bit on him way too early in life and the nerves in his mouth are dead :( Don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a shank, if you know what you are doing!
     

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