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post #1 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Which bit?

Good day everyone!

I've recently started training my young horse and he has taken to everything like a duck to water. The only thing that he cannot get used to is the bit - he just cannot seem to get completely used to it. He's always irritated and distracted when I put his bridle on. He's very alert and curious and is constantly looking at one thing or the other. He has an elliptical mouthpiece with a full cheek (no noseband, but I'm using the keepers). Now I was wondering whether it could be the bit that is a tad too "busy" for him. Maybe the cheek pieces are giving him a sensory overload or something. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

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post #2 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 02:17 PM
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I'm not familiar with an elliptical mouthpiece. Is this like the bit you're using?

If so, it looks like a fine bit to use for starting a horse. Maybe your horse is one that doesn't like the tongue pressure of a double jointed bit, though. You could try a single jointed or mullen mouth instead.
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hi! Yes, that's the bit I'm using except it's completely stainless steel (don't know what that blue is, lol). Do you think the cheeks could be bothering him? I'm going to try a friend's two snaffles over the next week or so and see how he responds to them. i think the one is single-jointed and the other double-jointed (no cheeks).
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-18-2012, 06:45 PM
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Full cheeks are fairly solid bits and are usually pretty good for young horses as they apply pressure on the side of the face when you pull on the rein (and use other aids) which helps them learn to turn. That being said, its really depends on the horse, try lots of different types of smooth snaffles and try to find the mildest one that your horse responds to and seems to like.

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