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post #1 of 5 Old 02-09-2013, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Question Which bit?

Hello there,

I am going to start a thread that probably a million have asked before me, however, bits baffle me. So many to choose from, each suiting a different discipline and different horse.

I have an OTTB and I'm hoping to hit the trails soon. I've ridden her bitless since I bought her in September, but I think for the trails, I'd like just that added comfort of a bit (just to know it's there more than anything)

So, which bit is best? I was thinking just a snaffle, but I know there's more to picking a bit than "Erm, I dunno, I think the snaffle is the softest on the mouth?" I'm a fish out of water when choosing a bit!

I'd just like one mainly because she's very stubborn with lateral flexion - she'll do it, but she's strong at pulling her neck round (I've made sure she's supple, she's just stubborn!) And that's in a rope halter. I thought in one of those sticky moments (that, lets face it, can happen) she might be less stubborn if there's a bit and I need to one rein stop (obviously I'd test this out first, wouldn't just assume)

Please no mean comments. I can deal with tips or ideas, but please don't be mean. I know I could hit a raw nerve with some of the things I've said, but that's why I've come on here for advice
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-09-2013, 10:16 AM
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First, like you said, you need to work her in the bit at home and make sure she's supple and listening to it exactly like the bitless.

Then, personally, I'd put your bitless . With the bit underneath on another halter. That way you can be comfortable that you're only using what you intend to for awhile until you're comfortable enough with the bit. It'll do her good to just carry the bit without it being used anyway (IMO).

Id say a double jointed snaffle of some kind. Not sure if you'd (your horse) prefer a lozenge, moon with keys, etc. Look into the different types of mouth pieces and see if you can find somewhere locally to try it out before you actually buy and find out she doesn't like it. Bits are expensive, lol.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-09-2013, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Brilliant advice, thank you ever so much! They are, I've been looking at them for a while now, but I'm itching to get some riding done (weather's been dreadful, and we've got more snow forecast!) As soon as the weather's better I want to work towards getting out on the trails.

I will try her with a normal double jointed snaffle, like you suggested. She's never had a problem with the bit (she's been raced) but it's more me lol I'm sure she'll have no problems getting along with a snaffle, but I'll work plenty at home before I put it to use on the trails

Thank you again, very helpful advice!
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-09-2013, 12:07 PM
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I agree, if she has issues bending, a snaffle is the only bit you want to use. Anything else with most likely have shanks, which are not designed for direct reining and in fact may confuse her more. They are meant for horses than neck rein.
I know what you mean about wanting the added security. My mare rides fine without a bit but when i am ponying the yougnsters or have a beginner on her i always bit her just incase because she does have a habit of wanting to run, which she cannot do when she's with little ones lol
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-09-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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I find Velvet's the same. I trust her a lot, we have nice bond forming, but in a spooky situation, no matter the bond, at the end of the day she's still a flight animal, one bred to run at that! It'd just be nice for that added security. Thanks for the tip about reining and bending and the snaffle suiting that the most - I suck when it comes to bits, as I rarely use one!
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