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post #21 of 47 Old 02-18-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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I probably will teach him to lunge, but only a couple circles each way. Nothing that would harm him. And I'm do you think a minature bridle would be too small?.. Lol
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How old is he? Most likely unless he is a weanling, the mini bit will be too small. I'd rather have one a little big, than one so small it pinches/rubs their lips and isn't comfortable.
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He's turning ten months old the 22nd of this month...what size bridle would I need to get to fit him then?
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Maybe pony? Or cob..? I'm looking at chicksaddlery.com now. Would a joined bit be alright to use? I have always used a single piece eggbutt snaffle for my horses. Unless I was pushing cattle at a roping then I would use a.curb
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You need to start a horse in a snaffle with no exceptions. I also wouldn't be lungin him until he was older, if you do, you need to keep it under 15 minutes and don't lope him a lot.
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That was my plan, I would only be lunging him mainly to teach him to move out from me but only walking. And I know to start him in a snaffle, my question is unjointed, single jointed, or maybe a french link?
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My miniature horse's head is 30" around from mouthpiece to mouthpiece, which means she wears a size B miniature horse bridle, if that helps you at all. Those generally get to be about 32" and that's it. If he's that size or bigger (most likely already is) I'd say a medium sized pony bridle would be fine. 32-40" should be adjustable enough for him for a while.

As for a bit, I'd go for an unjointed mullen mouth or a single jointed snaffle, preferably a half-cheek if you're going to ground drive him. That's what I ground drive our youngsters and minis in and it works well. Just make sure that it fits him. My guess it that he'd wear a 4" pony bit. My mini wears a 3.5".

You may have to play around with the bit some. Some horses just don't like the feel of an unjointed bit, or might want something 'fuller' like a rubber bit. Now is a good time to determine what he likes and doesn't like. I'd also make sure that you bridle doesn't have any fancy contraptions on it while you're first teaching him. A browband and throat latch will be just fine.

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Okay thanks! :)
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IMO its not a good idea to do round pen work with a foal. Especially not one under a year old.
I thought this was a yearling or long yearling?

I'm only talking 10 minutes 2 to 3 times a week......I'm talking about training not chasing it around the pen. Alot of this stuff can be taught at the walk.

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You need to start a horse in a snaffle with no exceptions. I also wouldn't be lungin him until he was older, if you do, you need to keep it under 15 minutes and don't lope him a lot.
Disagree with this......there are exceptions and those be what is going on as far as teeth go.......I started two of mine in a rubber mullen.

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