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post #201 of 287 Old 05-22-2012, 12:32 AM
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Okay guys... I don't know a thing about curb bits or curb straps. But I don't see anything wrong in Tnavas explaining the curb and the chin strap and their differences. It got slightly O.T when nosebands and cavessons came into play, which may be why the debate got so heated... but again, pieces of leather people!

But wow, why is everyone getting upset? It's just a piece of equipment. These are people's feelings you are tampering with.. and over what a piece of leather?

Chilllllllllllllllllllll down. It's hard to know the tone of a post when it is read from the internet. In person this convo may have gone differently because I am sure Tnavas did not mean to make smrobs grumpy or cause her to think she is "lowly"

Anita you asked a question, it was explained to you and then you researched it yourself. Good! Now you know :) And now we can move on.

Hugs for everyone.. we aren't each other's enemies...!
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post #202 of 287 Old 05-22-2012, 12:44 AM
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post #203 of 287 Old 05-22-2012, 03:10 AM
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Now, I going to have to send everyone to their corners?
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post #204 of 287 Old 05-24-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
Hugs for everyone.. we aren't each other's enemies...!
When discussing horses we quite frequently do become so. Thanks Sky for reminding me just because someone doesn't see it my way doesn't make them an enemy, or wrong!

I needed this as I was starting form my own very strong opinions and preparing to post them. Now I can go back to selecting the "right" bit for Rascal using this resource.

Hugs back btw.

I miss you Rascal. Every day, all day.
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post #205 of 287 Old 06-12-2012, 02:24 PM
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Horse Acting Up lately

Hi ...

My horse Guinness is acting up lately ...he is no longer responding to me riding him without a bit! Lastnight, I rode him in and Egg butt, and it seems he was still pulling very hard.

It seems that I am fighting him to do what I want constantly these days in the arena. I can never loosen up on the reins as he feels this is a single to act out.

Please help , I really need a good bit that he will respond to without my arms and hands being sore every other day when I ride.

I am going to start lunging him every other day as well so he can get use to voice commands which might help when I am up in the saddle.
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post #206 of 287 Old 06-12-2012, 02:36 PM
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personaly i think you have a serious schooling issue not a bitting issue. you can keep chaning your bit but all that will get you is harsher and harsher bits. What do you do when you get to the breaking the horses jaw stage (yes there are bits that will do that if you pull hard on them)?

Haveyou had an instructor ride your horse?
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post #207 of 287 Old 06-12-2012, 02:42 PM
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Hi ,

Yes , actually an instructor rode my horse last night and really no reason to be so harsh with your response...

The instructor is the one who advised me to lunge him each time before I ride.

With your feedback you have given it just makes me not even want to ask or get help in these forums.

This site is for helpful hints and caring people.
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post #208 of 287 Old 06-12-2012, 03:02 PM
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Guinness - is there any possibility that your horse has pulled back recently?

What you are describing could be a horse that is not comfortable in the poll region.

A chiropractor will be able to fix that problem quite easily.

Often when a horse starts to behave out of character its because they've been up to mischief in the paddock, racing around and slipping or falling over or pulling back when tied up.

Another thing to consider is the magnesium levels in the grass he's eating. Rapid grass growth will result in low levels of Magnesium available to the horse. Again this is easily fixed by a tablespoon Epsomo salts (MAgnesium Sulphate) in the feed twice daily. Though it is best given in a small feed about 1hr before riding. Low levels of Magnesium can make the horse flighty, spooky and a short attention span.

Hope you are able to get things fixed - its frustrating and dissapointing when youaren't enjoying your riding horse.
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post #209 of 287 Old 06-12-2012, 03:16 PM
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Hi Tnavas,

Funny, thing you mention pulling back when tied up. He has actually done that twice in the past month because something has spooked him.

He is let out every day in a huge pasture with two other horses. I do not think he has fallen or slipped but, than again I am not at the barn until around 7PM, each and every night during the week until. I spend most of my weekend mornings with him because by the time noon comes in TX , is way too hot for me to ride him!

The grass levels in the pasture are not growing at a very fast hopefully his magnesium levels are ok.

I used to have him on herbal calming meds approved by his vet. Maybe it is time for him to start taking them again!

Thanks so very much for your kind response and helpful hints.

It is just going to take patience and lots of work to get us both were we need to be our rides can start being enjoyable!
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post #210 of 287 Old 06-12-2012, 03:24 PM
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Guiness - sounds like you have the answer to his naughty behaviour - the pulling back - do you have a chiropractor in your area? One or two tweaks and youo'll have your happy horse back.

I had a school horse years ago that was really naughty about pulling back - whenever he did it he'd be obnoxiouis until the chiro had been. Eventually chiro showed me what to do, after each treatment horse would be back to his normal helpful self.
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