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post #11 of 22 Old 02-11-2012, 03:57 AM
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Yeah we have. I'm going to meet up with a friend of mine (-cough-bithoarder-coughcough-) and just try a bunch of bits on her that she has before buying a new one. Already tried everything I have on her. I was hoping she could stay in the snaffle but after that last race I think she made it apparant that she can't. Lol
Are you having a problem stopping her with the snaffle?

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post #12 of 22 Old 02-11-2012, 04:16 AM
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I feel like I'm majorly hijacking this thread. sorry, OP.

And to WildAcres, that's mostly the problem. She works good, rates good, steers GREAT, I just have no brakes. (Cause that makes sense, right? :roll:) I can get her into a one-rein stop but unles she hits a wall she won't stop straight without some yanking. And it's only for the end of the runs. She'd slide a few holes in the ground anywhere else. I guess it wouldn't be a huge deal to loop her around in the arena, but I don't feel comfortable not having a straight stop (Particularly with alleys, ya know, just in case)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.

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maybe try a snaffle with a nose piece.
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post #14 of 22 Old 02-11-2012, 04:49 AM
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That's definitely an idea I hadn't thought about. Thanks, I'll look into it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #15 of 22 Old 02-11-2012, 10:28 AM
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To the OP, any bit with sides made like that or any gag bit should be used with bit guards because they are prone to pinch and even make a horse bleed in the corners of their mouth.
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Bit guards fixed the problem :) Glad to have a happy horse again :)
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post #17 of 22 Old 02-12-2012, 03:07 PM
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OP - I despise those bits...My new mare was ridden in a bicycle chain mouth piece and now nothing works great for her..She will just run right through it. The chain mouth piece can do a lot of damage..I refuse to put a chain back in her mouth and we've been doing a ton of work to make her soft again..

SorrelHorse, have you tried a combo bit on her? That is the only thing Nikki will work nice in. I have a snaffle mouth piece, slight gag, with a rawhide nose piece (wrapped in vetwrap) that she works great in..It's like this, but not exactly this.


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Drum: they really are not that bad of bits....on the harsher side but no harsher then any other gag bit would be, I just would not personally use them because I get a little heavy handed and would rather run in something lighter.

Also, although I am a fan of the bit you posted I think it may have a little more lift then Sorrel's mare would like....but it wouldn't be a bad one for her to try.
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Drum: they really are not that bad of bits....on the harsher side but no harsher then any other gag bit would be, I just would not personally use them because I get a little heavy handed and would rather run in something lighter.

Also, although I am a fan of the bit you posted I think it may have a little more lift then Sorrel's mare would like....but it wouldn't be a bad one for her to try.
I just gave SorrelHorse another option..I didn't say that I thought it would work better...

You, of all people, know my opinion on chain bits..I'm not going to get into it..

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OP - I despise those bits...My new mare was ridden in a bicycle chain mouth piece and now nothing works great for her..She will just run right through it. The chain mouth piece can do a lot of damage..I refuse to put a chain back in her mouth and we've been doing a ton of work to make her soft again..

SorrelHorse, have you tried a combo bit on her? That is the only thing Nikki will work nice in. I have a snaffle mouth piece, slight gag, with a rawhide nose piece (wrapped in vetwrap) that she works great in..It's like this, but not exactly this.

The bit has actually helped him...it is not half as severe as it looks. I was a little hesitant to try it because I didn't have experience with a chain mouth piece and it looked harsh, but after trying it I regret being hesitant because of how well he works in it. Although a bicycle chain mouth piece is a totally different thing and I have heard bad things about them.

ETA: It has barely any gag action but it still has some. And I am light handed...I am deathly afraid of being heavy handed after seeing that ruin horses.

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