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    03-05-2012, 01:47 PM
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Foal
Alternative to dutch gag bit?

Are dutch gag bits ok to use? I've had my horse a few months and he came in a dutch gag.. I've heard they can be quite severe and was wondering if there is a safe gentler alternative? He seems happy in it and he's fine in the school, jumping, I only need it when hacking out in a group and at shows when he gets a bit strong. Any advice would be great, thanks
     
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    03-05-2012, 01:57 PM
  #2
Weanling
Do you have very soft hands?
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    03-05-2012, 02:00 PM
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Foal
Yes, have been riding with a very soft contact..
     
    03-05-2012, 05:18 PM
  #4
Weanling
Then the bit should be fine. As long as you're not heavy handed and the horse goes well in the bit then there's no problem. Unless you want to try different types and see if your horse responds better to a different type.
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    03-05-2012, 06:28 PM
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Weanling
Do you use two reins or just one? I would suggest 2 if you're using 1 because it gives you the option of just using it like a snaffle but you can use it for its strength still when needed with the 2nd rein.
     
    03-05-2012, 06:55 PM
  #6
Weanling
I also agree with the two rein, if you don't already.

Ideally, I'd want a horse in a snaffle, but I don't mind dutch gags or pelhams, as long as they're used two reined, and the curb rein engaged only when needed, and the snaffle rein the dominant one.
     
    03-06-2012, 03:56 PM
  #7
Foal
Thanks for your ideas.. yes a snaffle would be ideal! I'll ask my instructor what she thinks about 2 reins, thanks :)
     
    03-06-2012, 06:34 PM
  #8
Yearling
If you're looking for a snaffle with just a little poll pressure try a Filet Baucher (Hanging Cheek snaffle) with the same mouthpiece.

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