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post #11 of 22 Old 08-23-2009, 08:09 PM
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I didn't read what other said so I am sorry if I repeat...

Shorten your sturrups (they should hit your ankle bone when you leg is relaxed)
Try a egg but snaffle or a slow twisted d ring snaffle
The reins should come up out of your thumbs ... google it I am having a hard time explaining it haha
Make sure that the saddle isn't punching his withers

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post #12 of 22 Old 08-23-2009, 08:29 PM
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i didn't read what other said so I am sorry if I repeat...

Shorten your sturrups (they should hit your ankle bone when you leg is relaxed)
Try a egg but snaffle or a slow twisted d ring snaffle
The reins should come up out of your thumbs ... google it I am having a hard time explaining it haha
Make sure that the saddle isn't punching his withers

Good luck! :)
May I ask why you recommend a slow twist snaffle?

Personally I try to stay away from any non-smooth bar. Any twist to the snaffle is amplified onto a horse's sensitive lips, and I really don't understand the need for one.


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it is still a mild bit (especially in comparison to the one that she has on her horse right now- or in the pics) but gives you some control and it's harsh, in my opinion :)

**disclaimer ... ANY bit can be bad with someone who has harsh hands**

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https://www.bluegrasshorsesupply.com...butt.-mjpg.jpg

Here is a pic of what I am thinking about

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I'm going to disagree, I don't think there is a plave for twisted bits in ANY horses mouth. I don't see any practical need for them.

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to each his own ... I disagree but I have very soft hand so that is why I put the disclaimer :)

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^ That's fair enough, but if you have a soft hand and (i'm assuming) a horse who listens to your soft aids, why do you need any type of twist in your bit?

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^ That's fair enough, but if you have a soft hand and (i'm assuming) a horse who listens to your soft aids, why do you need any type of twist in your bit?
I agree, but then again I'm very conservative with bits. I hate selling anything other than mild snaffles and can usually talk people into trying something other than a severe bit (yay!)


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I agree, but then again I'm very conservative with bits. I hate selling anything other than mild snaffles and can usually talk people into trying something other than a severe bit (yay!)
Me too :] I've only once ridden in anything other than a snaffle, and that was a kimberwick without slots, as the pony in question had a lot of issues stemming from abuse and would get his tongue over the bit in a nervous frenzy. I haven't found a horse or activity I can't ride successfully in a simple snaffle.

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^ That's fair enough, but if you have a soft hand and (i'm assuming) a horse who listens to your soft aids, why do you need any type of twist in your bit?
I have a 6 yr old OTTB and I 90% of the time rider her in either a normal egg butt snaffle or a 3 piece egg butt snaffle... BUT when I show I need a little more control and reminder that yes we are at a new place but I am still the boss. She is young and will learn- I do not want her to have a hard mouth though and that is why I feel that it is ok. I know TONS of people who use a different bit when showing ...

But back to the topic at hand for this thread ... if she needs a little more control I don't think a slow twist is too harsh ...

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