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post #1 of 12 Old 03-22-2012, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question Bit Question?

This might sound stupid but I was wondering if you could use a western curb bit on an english bridle?

This was the bit I was wondering if I could Use SS Copper Mouth Western Curb Bit 5in - Statelinetack.com
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-22-2012, 06:33 PM
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Providing you aren't showing, I'm of an opinion that you can use whatever the heck works for you and your horse. If you want to mix and match tack, you might get some funny looks or even some questions, but if it works, use it.

And, just because I'm a nosy body.

Why did you choose that particular bit? What is it about that bit that you feel your horse needs? Does your horse neck rein well?

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Providing you aren't showing, I'm of an opinion that you can use whatever the heck works for you and your horse. If you want to mix and match tack, you might get some funny looks or even some questions, but if it works, use it.

And, just because I'm a nosy body.

Why did you choose that particular bit? What is it about that bit that you feel your horse needs? Does your horse neck rein well?
Thanks :) I chose that bit cause my horse tosses his head, and i've ruled out his teeth. Also the woman in the review said it helped her horse with the same problem.

Yeah my horse does neck rein pretty well.
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If your horse tosses his head and it's not his teeth then the problem is on the other end of the reins.
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I agree. When my friend rides my mare, she tosses her head, he has loud hands and really doesn't know how to work with his legs.
When I get on my horse, I hardly use any hand at all and she just drops her head goes.

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i agree. When my friend rides my mare, she tosses her head, he has loud hands and really doesn't know how to work with his legs.
When I get on my horse, I hardly use any hand at all and she just drops her head goes.
I've had my horse for 9 years and he doesn't get ridden as often as he should but, I take lessons every week, and I know not to be hard on him.

When i'm easy my horse acts like a brat the same thing happens when i'm hard on him (which isn't often).
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How long has he been head tossing? If this is more recent and his teeth are fine, then check saddle fit. If he's always done it then he may be resisting the bit and never taught to give to it. Check his gums for redness and inflammation. His bit could be too thick for his mouth.
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How long has he been head tossing? If this is more recent and his teeth are fine, then check saddle fit. If he's always done it then he may be resisting the bit and never taught to give to it. Check his gums for redness and inflammation. His bit could be too thick for his mouth.
Thanks, I just switched his bit from a happy mouth mullen mouth to a egg butt snaffle, and he accepts the bit when I tack up. And he's only been doing this for the past year and half.

The thing is he wants to trot and canter but since he doesn't really have good muscling i'm mostly doing walking. Everytime I try to get him down to a walk he'll either stop completely and pull the reins out of my hands or he'll speed up into a canter. Also last april I had a bad fall of him and i'm a little fearful of him stumbling.

I'm in the process of getting him a new saddle his current one is at least 30 years old and ways a ton.
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I have to agree with others, the head tossing isn't a bit issue, it's a training issue. Until you fix the training part of it, the head tossing will continue, regardless of what bit you use.

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The muscling will come with more work. If he's trying to go, go, go that may be where the head tossing is coming from. Unless he has been REALLY out of work from an injury, why limit him to only walking? He's a horse. He will build muscle with more activity - walking will only do so much.
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