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post #21 of 24 Old 01-23-2012, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum View Post
Read that (I googled the Rocking S when you mentioned it because I had no clue what it was). Still seems a bit gimmicky, to me. *shrug*
It might be, but don't close your mind to things such as bits. I own about 30 or more. I have tried everything not because my horses didn't like this, that or what have you, but I wanted to make sure they have the best suited for them. Through these trials & errors, I believe I found this western bit which I couldn't live without, I have used it for several horses and it works like a dream
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post #22 of 24 Old 01-23-2012, 08:31 PM
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First off, a Baucher does not provide poll pressure.

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Question on the pelham bit:
If the Pelham has a single joint, would it be the smame as a TT when using the curb reins?
why do so many people object to Tomb Thumbs and dislike them?

I'm going to recommend a Pelham of some kind. Maybe even a French link, if you can find it.
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I have a French link eggbutt and a good old-fashioned single-jointed loose-ring snaffle in my toy box. Since the loose-ring snaffle is the same mouthpiece he's used to, and it has slightly more stopping power than the french-link, I tried him in that today. He went absolutely beautifully. He was so much more responsive to rein-cues. He always goes with his head pretty much close to vertical and his neck very bent (very nice for dressage, but a bit uptight for trails). He relaxed a little today with the snaffle and let his neck stretch out slightly. When he did his usual turn-and-run for the barn routine, he was no more difficult to stop than with the Tom Thumb bit. No need for a Pelham. I think no need for a Kimberwick either. Overall a huge improvement, and I hope to transition him over to the French-link as soon as we're both comfortable with this one. I'm never putting that TT bit back on him. Ever.
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post #24 of 24 Old 01-27-2012, 11:08 PM
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Yay! I'm so happy for you! An easy fix is my favorite. That's so great!

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