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    05-03-2011, 11:23 AM
Does she bend her head easily in the halter? Also Is she dominant with the other horses?
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    05-03-2011, 11:44 AM
When she (Ivy) was saddled she really didn't react. No one mounted her but we put an external surringle on to keep the saddle in place, it was not that tightly cinched. The bit was a different story. You could just see the fear in her eyes. When we put her in the round pen to lunge, she was very nervous and skittish, totally different than when handling her on the ground. Ivy will literally follow me around..and is completely docile. However, having seen her in action in the round pen, I won't mount her yet, I'm 56 and really don't want to get tossed, it will take me longer to rocover
    05-03-2011, 11:45 AM
Have you worked her in the round pen not tacked?
    05-03-2011, 11:47 AM
"Ivy" is considered the mom of the herd, not the dominant one but not last either. To see her on the ground, then tacked up, is to see two different horses. And one I can handle all over, do her feet, ears, whatever and she is relaxed...the other Ivy I'm a bit frightened of.
    05-03-2011, 11:50 AM
Not yet, I will suggest that this Friday. The person who rescued her is very experienced and to an extent I hesitate to suggest other ways of training Ivy..I am a rank amatuer compared to the trainer. I was hoping to get some guidance from this forum as 'ammunition'!
    05-03-2011, 11:53 AM
She might simply be stressed about working or being away from the other horses, it might have nothing to do with the bit itself.
    05-03-2011, 11:54 AM
Ivy does bend in the halter, at least in leading. I sat on her bareback while the trainer led her, she was calm as could be. I may be wrong but I think that the tack, and maybe the saddle and the bit, all mean pain to her.
    05-03-2011, 11:55 AM
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It sounds to me like it is tack in general that causing her distress, not specifically the bit.
    05-05-2011, 06:47 AM
Originally Posted by kstinson    
yes, a couple of the mares at our barn were switched to bitless because they were extremely sensitive to the bit. Their motors grew, not their brakes, so they were switched back to the bit and are now after some time comfortable with it!

My mare, even for 3, is calm and more push than anything so with bitless she was okay. There is some draft in this horse so it may be an easy transition. But definitely research and be aware of what it does and doesnt do.
Hugger has the dr cook bit-less ( owner instructor doesn't want a bit used on him ) and I have the same issue with more motor less break. It kinda puts me on the fence with my opinion on it.
    05-05-2011, 09:45 AM
Yeah, I too am on the fence. My mare is pretty lazy on the overall and does not have a tendency to take off when spooked, more just scoot around. So when trying it she was easy to control when she spooked, however she is only 3 and still green and I fail to see how if something came up I could use an emergency stop on her, yes I could pull her in a circle, but sometimes that is just not enough.

I've seen some great things out of them from other riders, and in fact saw a big jump in training progress from a friend of mine using the bitless for only a few sessions. The mare was nervous and is a higher strung horse -the bit was too much for her with leg aids and so she tried a bitless and although she reverted back to a bit because the control wasnt there on the motor, it got her mare past the point of confusion and nervousness to start working the bit on her.

There are good and bad things for sure, it is a unique concept, but definitely has to be for the right kind of horse.

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