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post #1 of 29 Old 10-11-2012, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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AQHA Western Bits for a horse who hates curbs?

Ok, I've been reading a lot about bits, but cannot seem to find what I'm looking for. I'm hoping some experienced AQHA show riders can help.

Our mare (age 8) HATES curb bits with a fiery passion. She will throw he head and be a complete PITA on a curb. We've tried just about every type out there from solid to jointed. If it hthat port of any size, she hates it. She is fine in a jointed or dog bone style bit.

I may be reading the rules wrong, but in Western Classes are curb bits required for horses over a certain age? My daughter (who is the rider) is 10 and in the Novice Youth division. Kitten tries to be soft in the mouth, but she's still learning.

What bits would you recommend that are legal to show in?
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post #2 of 29 Old 10-11-2012, 09:50 PM
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The rule changed this year, and in novice classes, the rider can use a snaffle.

However, I would recommend getting your mare more broke in the curb because if your daughter points out, she'll have to be in one.

AQHA: Home for the rulebook. It's all available online.
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post #3 of 29 Old 10-12-2012, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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I have the AQHA rule book ap...I just wasn't sure even after reading the rules.

I don't know if we'll ever manage to get Acey in a curb. She REALLY hates them. She's usually really easy to bridle (opens her mouth and reaches for the bit) but if she even sees a curb, she clenches her teeth and can be very stubborn about taking it. Kitten rides English as her primary discipline, then enjoys play days and trail.
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If she is fine with no port try a Billy Allen bit. That's what I show my mare in.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I really like this bit, as do my horses: FES Bit Western Swivel 7 1/2" Loose Flat Cheek in Mullen/Low Port at Schneider Saddlery

However, a bit like this is also legal to show in if your horse likes the broken mouthpiece:
7" Engraved Aluminum Shank Snaffle Bit - Toilet Seats - Bath - Home

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I really like that 2nd bit! So curb doesn't mean it has to have a port? I have a bit with similar shanks (pretty and engraved), but it has a port and Acey was a brat in it.
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If your daughter is recently stepping up to AQHA shows, I would suggest finding a trainer.
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OP - Curb is any bit with shanks, technically. Doesn't have to have a port. :)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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I haven't shown AQHA in years but I do show my mare in other assocations in this bit.

Smith Brothers Western Horse Tack

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #10 of 29 Old 10-13-2012, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks SorrelHorse. I wasn't sure because the rules always show a bit with a port. ;)

SpurStop, Kitten has a trainer... I'm just the type who likes to get 2nd, 3rd, and sometimes 4th opinions. No matter how experienced someone is (our trainer's daughter has won state and national shows), they cannot know everything. Plus, all her WP horses show in a ported curb bit (thus, that's what she recommends)...that's why I was hoping to find other AQHA show people to give me other ideas.

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