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post #1 of 2 Old 08-20-2010, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Bit for Experienced Horse?

I own a 15 year old thoroughbred mare who really knows her job. Her only problem is that when she jumps or changes leads (anything to do with her feet off the ground basically) she bolts forward. She loooooves to jump. Today I tried a straight bar uxter kimberwicke on her and she did fantastic. I feel it was a bit too strong though and she overreacted to my asking for a slower pace. My other worry is the constant pressure that a straight bar is putting on her mouth. I'm concerned that I'll lose her fragile mouth if I use too strong of a bit for too long of a time frame. I'm simply looking for a bit that provides a little more leverage for some brakes. I've been considering a plain jointed pelham but if anyone has any ideas, that would be great.
Also, would anyone advise against using two bits for two different areas of riding? Or is it better to stick a horse on one consistent bit for everything? I use a plain D ring snaffle for my second level dressage with her and I don't need anything else for it but the jumping is an issue.

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post #2 of 2 Old 08-20-2010, 11:11 PM
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I wouldnt change the bit, just use what you usually use. Its a training issue not bit issue.

At the moment i'd just do a bunch of flatwork, polework etc at all three gaits concerntrating on keeping her relaxed. Do lots of transitions with half halts, and changes in tempo within the gaits. Then if you've got that down pat start some cavelleties and gridwork. If she tries to bolt after a jump, make her stop. Stand and relax, then walk on. If you go over a jump, and she doesnt bolt but still feels a little strong, ask for a transition to trot

Theres a bunch of people on this forum that can give you better advice though, good luck!
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