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    12-08-2011, 02:59 PM
  #1
Weanling
Best bit for less experienced riders

What would be a good bit to use for a less experienced rider? I don't want to be thrown on my head cause I am causing the horse pain. This is what we are using now.
     
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    12-08-2011, 03:05 PM
  #2
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As long as your horse is trained to respond to a curb, and you have fairly light hands- I'd tyhink that this bit is just fine for you. I've started a few beginners with this and it works well for neck reining.
     
    12-08-2011, 03:31 PM
  #3
Trained
If your horse behaved well when you tried him with this bit, then stick with it. Sometimes we horse people give advice, but it's too general and beginners are confused. You learn to ride your horse better by not putting ANY of your weight on the horse's mouth. A strong-armed rider could easily bruise up or bloody a horse's mouth with the gentlest snaffle, whereas an experienced and kind rider can school and show a horse with the strongest spade bit without causing any harm.
Discussions of bits generally occur when a horse isn't comfortable with a bit OR a horse won't slow down or stop with a bit OR the rider is looking for more finesse in his/her reining communication. You should save this for later. I am sure that your Tom Thumb will serve you well for now. =D
     
    12-08-2011, 04:04 PM
  #4
Banned
I really, really hate Tom Thumbs, as do many people here. Read this thread: why do so many people object to Tomb Thumbs and dislike them?

The first question you need to ask is what kind of bit your horse prefers and what he does well in. If he does best in a curb as opposed to a snaffle, I'd look at a dogbone mouthpiece. Something like this, maybe:



You also really can't go wrong with just about any kind of Myler. The independent side action, tongue relief, and clearness of cues they offer is unmatched.



And I know that someone is going to come along and suggest this Billy Allen, so I'll beat them to it:

     
    12-08-2011, 05:15 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by bubba13    
I really, really hate Tom Thumbs, as do many people here. Read this thread: why do so many people object to Tomb Thumbs and dislike them?

The first question you need to ask is what kind of bit your horse prefers and what he does well in. If he does best in a curb as opposed to a snaffle, I'd look at a dogbone mouthpiece. Something like this, maybe:



You also really can't go wrong with just about any kind of Myler. The independent side action, tongue relief, and clearness of cues they offer is unmatched.



And I know that someone is going to come along and suggest this Billy Allen, so I'll beat them to it:

How do you know what the horse prefers without buying a ton of different bits? We ride western and we only trail ride I havent rode much do to my fear and lack of confidence. When I do ride our mustang she seems to throw her head all over the place and I don't know if that's from me hurting her or if she is just being her stubborn b****y self. That's why I was wondering if I should be using a dummy proof bit. LOL.
     
    12-08-2011, 05:19 PM
  #6
Banned
Unfortunately, there's not such thing as a dummy-proof or fix-all bit.

What did the previous owners ride her in? Have her teeth been floated?
     
    12-08-2011, 05:23 PM
  #7
Trained
Your mustang needs more training, NOT a new bit. But training with a mild bit will help. I would suggest that you not trail ride her until you get that head throwing under control. My 5yo QH, "Buster" stopped throwing his head with more training and a shift to 2 different bits. I had a rubber-mouthed, straight bar bit already, so I multi-tasked and got him to accept the bit and to introduce a curb chain with this bit. He stopped throwing his head up and down, so now I've schooling him with a Dr. Bristol full-cheek snaffle, which I also had in my tack room. IMHO, it's always good to own a simple full-cheek snaffle bc you horse WILL turn his/her head when you pull with it, and it will NOT pull through the horse's mouth. So, I recommend you buy one. Every farm supply store carries them--$20.00
When people rode/worked horses before the automobile they didn't worry about finding a new bit for a horse, they just used what was available. THAT should tell you that training is FAR MORE IMPORTANT than the equipment. However, every well trained horse should take rein cues and stop on a simple snaffle. If NOT, then the horse needs retraining.
     
    12-08-2011, 05:25 PM
  #8
Yearling
Bubba- that would be a Francois Gauthier bit, not a Billy Allen.

OP- All the bits Bubba suggested are good alternatives to what you're riding in now. Do you have any horsey friends or neighbours? They may have one or two of those bits you could try, and if it works better, then go out and purchase one.
     
    12-08-2011, 05:27 PM
  #9
Yearling
Corporal- the action of the tom thumb is such that most horses would throw their heads with a novice at the other end of the reins. I don't consider that a training issue.
     
    12-08-2011, 06:47 PM
  #10
Weanling
Bubba13 we are the only owner my hubby got her when she was weaned and that's the only bit she has ever had. The vet checked her teeth 6 months and he said they looked good. I think im the problem because the head tossing only happens with me my husband has not problems with her. She is a wonderful horse I think I am just not operating the steering wheel the right way. Lol. Thank you all for the advise I really wish I could do riding lessons. It sounds like im the problem not the horse or the hardware.
     

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