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        08-23-2009, 09:09 PM
      #11
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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! :)
         
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        08-23-2009, 09:29 PM
      #12
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kchfuller    
    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.
         
        08-23-2009, 09:34 PM
      #13
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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**
         
        08-23-2009, 09:35 PM
      #14
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    https://www.bluegrasshorsesupply.com...butt.-mjpg.jpg

    Here is a pic of what I am thinking about
         
        08-23-2009, 09:44 PM
      #15
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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.
         
        08-23-2009, 09:56 PM
      #16
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    To each his own ... I disagree but I have very soft hand so that is why I put the disclaimer :)
         
        08-23-2009, 10:07 PM
      #17
    Trained
    ^ 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?
         
        08-23-2009, 10:18 PM
      #18
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    ^ 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!)
         
        08-23-2009, 10:38 PM
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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.
         
        08-24-2009, 11:53 AM
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    Originally Posted by wild_spot    
    ^ 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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