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post #21 of 29 Old 02-20-2013, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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I agree that he is lovely, but looks particularly worried in the head shot with the bit in. You say you are using a "plain snaffle"-that looks to me like a very skinny-possibly twisted wire?-bit? Was this picture before you switched bits maybe? Perhaps a softer bit that is bigger around would allow him to relax more? Just a thought. I love his color and build!
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post #22 of 29 Old 02-20-2013, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Hate using my phone! Anyways lol No it's the standard size, my trainer went with me to buy it and he's all about using the most mild bits. But you're right! It does look like it is really thin in the picture.

I am thinking about using a hackamore with him. What do you guys think about using a hackamore for everyday riding and then switching to the snaffle for rodeos and my sorting events?
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post #23 of 29 Old 02-20-2013, 08:59 PM
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Sorry...can't help you with hackamores because I don't like them at all. Every horse HAS the ability to carry a bit and NEEDS to learn how.
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Sorry...can't help you with hackamores because I don't like them at all. Every horse HAS the ability to carry a bit and NEEDS to learn how.
I personally have never used one. The closest I've come to using it is riding with just the halter lol I ride quite often, in fact almost every other day. I'm light on the bit, but I am still worried that it will desensitize him over time.
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I myself have no issues with bitting a horse. I do however like to collect useful tack and would love to be able to skip a bit during the cold months. I live in some nasty winters.
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I myself have no issues with bitting a horse. I do however like to collect useful tack and would love to be able to skip a bit during the cold months. I live in some nasty winters.
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See I live in Oklahoma and we have some killer summers. I hate how hot the bit gets! It burns to touch if you accidentally leave it in the trailer! But usually I will just keep the bridle inside my house or run cold water over it. Our winters are pretty mild lol in fact it's 70 one day and the next it's snowing. Crazy Oklahoma weather!
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Lol! Never had an issue with hot bits, that's for sure! Our temps range from -40 to +30C through the course of a year.
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Could you post a picture of the bit itself? That really looks like a twisted mouthpiece, and if so could very well be part of the problem. Especially since you say he has a very soft mouth. He really does look worried about his mouth or face.

Not arguing, just wanting to be sure we are all talking about the same thing.

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post #29 of 29 Old 02-22-2013, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Could you post a picture of the bit itself? That really looks like a twisted mouthpiece, and if so could very well be part of the problem. Especially since you say he has a very soft mouth. He really does look worried about his mouth or face.

Not arguing, just wanting to be sure we are all talking about the same thing.
No I totally understand! It's similar to this one. I'm not at my house so this was the closest one I could find to it. The way it attaches to the ring is different and there are tiny strips of copper on the part that touches his tongue along with the sweet iron.

The middle seems kind of different to me to lol so I might just have to take a picture of my own. I feel like this one is kind of boxy and mine is more round throughout the whole bit.
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