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post #1 of 16 Old 08-12-2011, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Beginner bit?

How do I go about selecting a good bit for an older horse (11)? The person I bought the horse from doesn't have any tack left and doesn't know what the kind of bit the horse is used to. It was her husbands horse and he left town with no way to contact him. I am relatively horse green. Please don't respond with suggestions that I shouldn't own a horse or whatever other disparaging remarks you may be congering up. The horse has been used exclusively as a mountain horse. That will be its only use with me as well.

This, too, shall pass........
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-12-2011, 06:13 PM
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IMO, your best bet would be a simple snaffle. Almost every horse has been ridden in one during some point of their life, so it's a good place to start.
Personally I'd go with a french link loose ring, but that's up to you.

I'd just recommend riding in a relatively small, enclosed area at first until you can see how he responds and then go from there.

Good luck!
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-12-2011, 08:00 PM
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I agree with the above. I prefer eggbutt french links, but that is just personal preference, not that either is neccessarily better than the other.
Are you new to horses entirely, or just to owning them?
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Agreed with the snaffle. I ride in a D ring or O ring snaffle. Pull him around some with it on the ground then get on and play with him a bit before trying anything else on him.

If he's being bad in it, maybe consult a local trainer for a quick little help session on selecting a bit for him.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-13-2011, 12:03 AM
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I agree with the above. I prefer eggbutt french links, but that is just personal preference, not that either is necessarily better than the other.
I agree with this, I find the eggbutt is better than the loose ring, I was researching the difference and found a lot of people find their horse heavier in the hand with the loose ring, I certainly found that to be the case with my Arab.
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Interesting! I've usually found it to be the exact opposite, horses always feel much lighter in a loose ring to me.

That's the joy of horses! No one is the same.
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It would be so much easier if they would read the books and know how they were meant to act!
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-13-2011, 12:11 AM
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Oh boy, I wish!!
Trailer loading would be so much more pleasant. :roll:
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-13-2011, 12:24 AM
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Hey I could leave their dressage tests with them to memorize, that would be handy
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-13-2011, 12:34 AM
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That made me picture an adorable horse wearing glasses, studying dressage tests.

Like this!


So adorable.
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