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        03-14-2013, 03:27 PM
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    Weanling
    Bit question

    I recently purchased a new rope horse from auction about a week ago and I havne't found a bit that he likes yet. I have tried him in a o-ring snaffle and also a simple curb. He is chomping like a fool on both and not really listening to them that well. I seen him ridden through the auction but I didnt catch what they were riding him in... So I am going to have to try and find something he likes. He is a 5yr old gelding always used on cattle, and I am currently still using him to rope and sort off of but I need him to go a little easier on his bit. What do you recommend me trying?
         
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        03-14-2013, 03:32 PM
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    Could it be possible that he needs his teeth floated, and thus there is dental/mouth pain such that any bit hurts?
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        03-14-2013, 04:24 PM
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    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    could it be possible that he needs his teeth floated, and thus there is dental/mouth pain such that any bit hurts?
    Yes it very well could be tiny, I am going to have him vetted here in the next week or so. I just hate vet bills! 60 bucks for a farm call is crazy!
         
        03-14-2013, 04:31 PM
      #4
    Weanling
    I guess I should have included that he was shown at the auction with a tie down and I rode him yesterday with a tiedown and he did alot better as far as he didnt shake his head nearly as much.
         
        03-14-2013, 11:42 PM
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    Super Moderator
    I have never ridden with a tie down. I know it's common for barrel racing, but for day to day riding?
         
        03-14-2013, 11:55 PM
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    Showing
    I don't think a tie down is the answer.

    What about something that keeps his attention.. like a bit with a roller? Maybe the width or shape of the bit bar is too narrow/wide/thick?
         
        03-15-2013, 10:14 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    Well he has probably been rode in a tie down his whole riding career though is what I am getting at, he has been in the roping pen for a while. A lot of roping horses are ridden in a tie down, its for them to brace against or something.
         
        03-15-2013, 10:51 PM
      #8
    Trained
    Keep in mind Tiny & Sky that virtually every roping horse is ridden in a tiedown, constantly. It's a high impact sport and the horse needs that extra support.

    I would go ahead and keep him in the tiedown. What kind of curb where you using on him?
         
        03-15-2013, 11:13 PM
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    Started
    ^^ Yes. Rope horses know what tie-downs are and they use them for their job.

    As for bits, I see a lot of rope horses (I also ride my rope horse in one of these) in correction bits.
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    Teskey's Saddle Shop: Low Port Correction 268765

    If you aren't looking to continue roping with him, I'd start riding him in a light bit, like an argentine snaffle or something similar to this:
    Teskey's Saddle Shop: Stran Smith Dog Bone Medium Severity
         
        03-16-2013, 12:13 PM
      #10
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by QHriderKE    
    ^^ Yes. Rope horses know what tie-downs are and they use them for their job.

    As for bits, I see a lot of rope horses (I also ride my rope horse in one of these) in correction bits.
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    Teskey's Saddle Shop: Low Port Correction 268765

    If you aren't looking to continue roping with him, I'd start riding him in a light bit, like an argentine snaffle or something similar to this:
    Teskey's Saddle Shop: Stran Smith Dog Bone Medium Severity
    Thanks for the info! He is still being used to rope! I was just working him in the bit I use my other rope horse in and it looks like this but mine is sweet iron
    Http://www.kotrading.com/255803-sscurbbitmediumportcoppermouth.aspx?gclid=CLfH17TQ gbYCFQf0nAodYUAAJQ
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