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    03-16-2011, 09:14 PM
  #1
Foal
Argentine Snaffle (and reccomendations)

Hello! I ride Western and do mainly barrels and other western show classes and games and trails, so I need a versatile bit. I currently have my POA in a Tom Thumb, but I don't think it's right for him. He's 10 years old and I think, personally, he needs a little harsher bit. I'm having some attention problems with him, he doesn't like to listen very well and all of the sudden he's a little hard-mouthed (and he usually is pretty soft) and I just feel that he needs a harsher bit.
I have heard that many like the Argentine Snaffle? I've heard that it's a little harsher than a Tom Thumb, but still has the broken snaffle part so it's not so harsh... If you don't think that an Argentine snaffle is right for me, what do you suggest?
Thanks.
     
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    03-16-2011, 09:19 PM
  #2
Started
I believe 99% of horses can go in a simple snaffle and only need a different bit for extreme circumstances such as a show or hunter pace, race, etc.

Tom thumbs can be confusing and harsh. Argentine snaffles can be as well. If you feel your horse needs a harsher bit i'm inclined to ask why? What is your horse doing that you are hoping to correct with a harsher bit? And before you look to a bit to correct things, why not go back to training in a snaffle and make sure the horse understands the basics and is listening to the most important aids like seat and leg rather than using a harsher bit.

Bits are not brakes. They are the telephone line with which we communicate with our horses. And I believe that is true for ANY discipline.

If you are using a bit for breaks and steering than you are using the bit wrong imo.
     
    03-16-2011, 09:20 PM
  #3
Showing
Going to a harsher bit will not fix your problems. Once he gets hardened to that bit, you're going to have to go with something even more harsh. Instead, look at hiring a trainer to teach you how to make him more responsive to your aids.
Personally, I really dislike Tom Thumb bits, and it could be that your horse doesn't like them either. They're actually a fairly harsh bit.
If you haven't yet, go check out Smrobs' post, "will your horse listen to your bit?" - if you can't find it, let me know and I'll send it to you.
     
    03-16-2011, 09:26 PM
  #4
Green Broke
An argentine is pretty much a TT only thinner & with extra d-rings do that you can add another set of reins for direct-reining. I switched my Arab mare from a TT to an argentine only because she needed something a little harsher to convincer her to slow when in a flat-out gallop. It the only bit i've found that she goes very well in but not all horses are the same.
I too run my mare in gymkhana as well as trail riding & although she can be ridden in a snaffle/halter in an arena, when she's out one the trails she just pulls and leans on a snaffle (NO respect for it when she wants to go) and I spend the whole time pulling back or turning circles. But all it takes with her is a little leverage and she rides like a dream ;)
     
    03-16-2011, 09:44 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by CJ82Sky    
i believe 99% of horses can go in a simple snaffle and only need a different bit for extreme circumstances such as a show or hunter pace, race, etc.

Tom thumbs can be confusing and harsh. Argentine snaffles can be as well. If you feel your horse needs a harsher bit i'm inclined to ask why? What is your horse doing that you are hoping to correct with a harsher bit? And before you look to a bit to correct things, why not go back to training in a snaffle and make sure the horse understands the basics and is listening to the most important aids like seat and leg rather than using a harsher bit.

Bits are not brakes. They are the telephone line with which we communicate with our horses. And I believe that is true for ANY discipline.

If you are using a bit for breaks and steering than you are using the bit wrong imo.
Okay but I can't show in a regular snaffle in my area because Putts is over the age limit - . If I could - trust me - I would use a Dring or loose ring snaff - but they're not allowed for horses over 4 or 5 I think it is....
So what kind of bit would everyone reccomend since the Argentine isn't for me? (and I don't have a trainer right now - I'm pretty self-taught. I have a barrel racing 'coach' but I don't necessarily take lessons. It's an interesting situation.)
     
    03-16-2011, 09:56 PM
  #6
Showing
My first thought when you say that your horse isn't responding to your bit, and that you're riding western, is that this horse isn't trained to respond to leg and seat aids, and that you're relying on the bit a lot. When you upgrade to a curb bit, that is supposed to signify that your horse is so well trained that it can have this harsh bit in its mouth, but it rarely has to be touched; the signals come from the rider's seat and legs, and lastly, in the form of neck reining.
If your horse is heavy on the bit, and you're relying on the bit a lot, please switch back to a simple snaffle (no leverage; don't be fooled - any bit with leverage is no longer a snaffle, even if the manufacturers label it as such) and go back to the basics. Once your horse is responding to a snaffle, then pop the curb in for show; you shouldn't be using the bit much though. My recommendation is a western dee snaffle perhaps with copper inlay to encourage salivation.
That your self taught is wonderful, but EVERYONE reaches a point that they need outside help. Everone; no matter what level you're at.
     
    03-16-2011, 10:06 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by JustDressageIt    
My first thought when you say that your horse isn't responding to your bit, and that you're riding western, is that this horse isn't trained to respond to leg and seat aids, and that you're relying on the bit a lot. When you upgrade to a curb bit, that is supposed to signify that your horse is so well trained that it can have this harsh bit in its mouth, but it rarely has to be touched; the signals come from the rider's seat and legs, and lastly, in the form of neck reining.
If your horse is heavy on the bit, and you're relying on the bit a lot, please switch back to a simple snaffle (no leverage; don't be fooled - any bit with leverage is no longer a snaffle, even if the manufacturers label it as such) and go back to the basics. Once your horse is responding to a snaffle, then pop the curb in for show; you shouldn't be using the bit much though. My recommendation is a western dee snaffle perhaps with copper inlay to encourage salivation.
That your self taught is wonderful, but EVERYONE reaches a point that they need outside help. Everone; no matter what level you're at.
Yeah - like I said, I have a knowledgable horse person that I go to for problems, but other than that I just ride with friends and by myself.
     
    03-16-2011, 10:09 PM
  #8
Showing
I'm really not sure what to tell you. I would suggest going back to a western D type bit, and working with a trainer that can teach you how to ride from your seat and leg, not your hand. That is, unfortunately, too in-depth to teach online.
My rule of thumb: if you're in a curb, you ride with seat and leg, and neck-rein; you don't use the bit much at all. Until then, stay in a snaffle.
     
    03-17-2011, 12:55 AM
  #9
Started
If you are doing barrels I believe you can show in any bit regardless of age. If you are doing WP then it's a different story. Can anyone confirm this for me?

Also I like a very basic simple low port curb. My horse loved that.
     
    03-17-2011, 09:20 PM
  #10
Foal
OK thanks a bunch! I mainly just wanted to switch bits because of the stories of the TT being really confusing for the horse... What about the sweetwater but? I've heard that it's pretty mild, right?
     

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