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  • Why does clinton anderson only use snaffle bit
  • If you can't ride in a snaffle bit

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    05-30-2013, 06:27 PM
Bit problems??

I usually ride my horse in a Clinton Anderson snaffle bit,but last Monday my trainer was using the bridle he usually uses so I had ride him in a curb bit. He did NOT like it. He wasn't responding to me very well,and he wouldn't do more than a trot,he usually can do at least one or two laps around the round pen. He did one canter stride for me. And he kept stopping randomly (partially because the round pen was near the field and the other horses were by the fence,but he's never done that before. I just bought him a saddle,bridle,and breastcollar online (I've only had him a week,but I've ridden him about 4 times),and he needs a bit. I can't afford a Clinton Anderson bit,it's like $65,and that's just too much. He uses either the smooth or square mouth,I can ask my trainer tomorrow. Anybody know where to buy a bit like it,but much cheaper,but still just affective?
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    05-30-2013, 08:51 PM
Well, from his website:

"Clinton uses a snaffle bit on all his horses for both training and riding. He recommends a snaffle bit when performing the exercises from his training videos. If you have a horse that is light on the bit, choose a smooth snaffle. For a horse that leans on the bit, use a twisted or square mouth snaffle to make leaning uncomfortable. Once the horse responds, go back to the smooth snaffle. Clinton’s snaffle bits are blackened steel with silver trim."

This looks about as good for $18:

Korsteel Copper Mouth Dee Bit 5 Inch -

You could try this at $20:

J.P. Cyprium Eggbutt Bradoon Bit - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery

Or maybe a french link at $32:

J.P. Hunter Dee with Oval Mouth - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery

Just some thoughts. I'd actually try to borrow some bits to see what he does well in. I like a curb bit in some ways, but it is best to teach the horse what a curb is like before trying it with them. I'm not a fan of twisted or 'square mouth' snaffles. I'm also a total nobody in the world of horses...


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