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post #21 of 25 Old 02-20-2014, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
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She is probably holding her head up because that is A LOT of pressure on her nose and in her mouth. Do you know how that bit works? It looks like it has a twisted wire, does it? And that "thing that keeps her head down" is called a tie down. It's mean for a horse to brace off and balance of when they are doing high speed events, not for keeping a horses head down. That set up is down right torture in even the lightest of hands.

And she is absolutely Arabian and some kind of stock horse.
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Im sorry but I know how to take care of my horse, im well aware that she has a nasty bit in her mouth. Its a twisted gag bit with 3 connecting part, with very long Shanks, I know what a tie down is I couldnt think of the name, but I find it rude to say that I torture my horse.

As for a tie down, a tie down was used to Ropers used this to help brace the cow, barrel racers soon picked it up to help the horse brace the turns on a barrel. I do not always have a tie down her, only when we are showing, training or running. If we are on a trail I take it off her.

As for her bit, I just got her a few months ago, but I've been riding her for a very long time, so I couldnt change the bit if I wanted to! It's winter in Michigan we cannot ride because the horses will get hurt and I do not own a indoor arena to start training her to get her mouth softened. Hopfully in time get her down to a simple snaffle with shanks.

Now, she's is going in English training next year for jumping, which makes a new bit every more serious. I understand this. But listen I know how to handle my horse and what is best for her at this moment in time. And at this moment I can't do anything about her bit or tie down. I know a lot of horse people will frown at people who use such things but I did not train my horse with this, this is not my doing, it will be my fixing, me and my trainer have already been talking about ways to fix her.
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-20-2014, 04:44 PM
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I didn't bring it up to lecture or belittle you. I brought it up because inexperienced people typically just don't know. They are sold a horse, like you were, with "all the fixin's". They ride in set ups like this "because that's what they were given" and don't know better.

I'm glad you know what everything is supposed to do and I hope you make the changes sooner rather then later.
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She does look a little QH/Arab to me too.

Please check the tack on her face as it's not fitting right. It's REALLY close to her eyes.

Good luck with the training. Give her a shot in a closed arena without the big bit or tie down and see how she does. If she is part Arab she's going to have a higher head carriage than QH's so keep that in mind. It's your horse so you can change up her tack whenever you like, so don't feel that you can't.
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post #24 of 25 Old 02-20-2014, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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I didn't bring it up to lecture or belittle you. I brought it up because inexperienced people typically just don't know. They are sold a horse, like you were, with "all the fixin's". They ride in set ups like this "because that's what they were given" and don't know better.

I'm glad you know what everything is supposed to do and I hope you make the changes sooner rather then later.
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I understand your point a view that wasnt pointed at you, I've seen that, I bought the tack along with the horse, She has some green tack that im going to switch her in this summer that has a softer bit. Im very excited to start training her this summer, im starting back from the ground and im going to teach her how to ride with just a halter and try putting a softer bit in her mouth before I do anything else, then we have to work on getting the racehorse out of her then we have to start training in jumping, she's a very smart horse, she already knows to jump we just have to see what she will do with different tack and tighter reins for the jumping part. But im sure everything will work out, im getting to the barn ever day the minute the snow melts
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I didn't bring it up to lecture or belittle you. I brought it up because inexperienced people typically just don't know. They are sold a horse, like you were, with "all the fixin's". They ride in set ups like this "because that's what they were given" and don't know better.

I'm glad you know what everything is supposed to do and I hope you make the changes sooner rather then later.
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It was really pointed to everyone, I understand her tack is harsh I understand riding her in is horrible.
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