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        10-07-2013, 08:27 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    I had a mare that I used a bitless bridle on and it was wonderful. She had a rough start and when I got her we went back to square one. Which was riding in a rope halter then on to bitless bridle. Workedwondersfor her. She now is used as a kids horse
         
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        10-07-2013, 09:16 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I am an advanced western rider, intermediate-advanced English (I have not figured out proper use of a double bridle yet), I pride myself on my hands and balance. I have never personally retrained a hard mouthed horse, but I have the instruction of an excellent trainer dailly, and I have had great success with him thus far. It also helps that (I am not saying that I treat him/trust him like a person) I have completely clicked with this horse, and can pretty much read his mind (I'm not discounting that he is a dangerous animal, or saying that he isn't unridictable).
         
        10-07-2013, 09:29 PM
      #23
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Chickenoverlord    
    I am an advanced western rider, intermediate-advanced English (I have not figured out proper use of a double bridle yet), I pride myself on my hands and balance. I have never personally retrained a hard mouthed horse, but I have the instruction of an excellent trainer dailly, and I have had great success with him thus far. It also helps that (I am not saying that I treat him/trust him like a person) I have completely clicked with this horse, and can pretty much read his mind (I'm not discounting that he is a dangerous animal, or saying that he isn't unridictable).
    Well, I donít see any reason why not.
         
        10-07-2013, 10:00 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Just an observation: the Arabs I have owned preferred a double jointed snaffle, with a 12mm - 14mm bar. With their shallower palates, the thicker bars never offered enough release even on light contact. The single jointed bits also never offered clear release. Current Arab has a very thick tongue adding to the need of a thinner bar.

    Actually they prefer the bosal!
         
        10-08-2013, 09:09 AM
      #25
    Super Moderator
    The rubber mouth bits are the sort of things I use on any horse that's learnt to avoid contact with a bit because its been ridden with either too hard a hand and/or too harsh a bit. They are more likely to tuck their heads right in to get behind the bit or to 'reach' - UK term for when a horse snatches at the bit to remove pressure
    If your horse only does 'his thing' in the mťnage I'm inclined to think his behavior is more related to not liking working in there so its a rebellion in the same way some horses will invent a monster in a corner to spook at for an excuse to bolt back out.
    I'm not sure the hackamore will make any difference if that is the case because he'll run through that just like he's running through his bit - and you'd no way stop him in a bitless sidepull
    This is what a Cheltenham Gag I mentioned looks like - I like them because you can ride on the snaffle most of the time and just pick up the gag when you need it - plus it works on poll pressure and not on the mouth so isn't going to set you back there.
    You can get them in a Happy Mouth bit (as in pic) too so you would still have the rubber covered mouthpiece he's used too
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