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  • Properly fitting snaffle bridle pictures
  • Fitting a bridle and best snaffle for my horse

 
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    04-12-2010, 09:32 PM
  #11
Showing
If you ruled out the teeth, then may be the position. Did you try to make it really loose (no or just 1 wrinkle)?

And to your question the french link is more gentle then one joint snaffle. I use lorentzo on my horses and it worked the best out of everything I tried. Also what kind of rings do you use? I mean, loose rings, eggbutt, D-ring? My qh absolutely hates loose rings, the movement makes he go crazy and shake her head and all.
     
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    04-13-2010, 12:25 AM
  #12
Started
We're just using looserings... that might be a problem too, gah!

What I love about my local tack shop is how relaxed/understanding they are. If you tell them you're not sure what you need, you can bring the bit back as long as it is clean before a certain number of days and try them out until you get exactly what you need.
Don't know if that's how it typically is (the bigger tack shop doesn't do it) but I like them a lot for that reason, so I think I'm going to try the french link first off, as I've heard a lot of good things, and buy a new bridle, and see how that goes. If it doesn't work... well, we'll try something else.
     
    04-13-2010, 12:38 AM
  #13
Started
All I can really speak for is bit opinions..I would definitely try a french link out. It is a much milder bit than a single jointed snaffle and has a much less "annoying" feel to it
I definitely prefer to use them when I can.
     
    04-13-2010, 01:02 AM
  #14
Started
Awesome! (: Thank you for your input, with that in mind I'll definitely try it out.
     
    04-13-2010, 05:19 AM
  #15
Foal
Your welcome chic:) Hope you get sorted, you have had some fantastic advice x
     
    04-13-2010, 08:16 AM
  #16
Showing
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Originally Posted by alexischristina    
We're just using looserings... that might be a problem too, gah!

What I love about my local tack shop is how relaxed/understanding they are. If you tell them you're not sure what you need, you can bring the bit back as long as it is clean before a certain number of days and try them out until you get exactly what you need.
Don't know if that's how it typically is (the bigger tack shop doesn't do it) but I like them a lot for that reason, so I think I'm going to try the french link first off, as I've heard a lot of good things, and buy a new bridle, and see how that goes. If it doesn't work... well, we'll try something else.
If you can exchange, borrow the eggbutt french link bit, make it rather loose and give it a try. I hope it'll work out for you.

While I usually don't suggest that, but if your horse is quiet and easy to stop you can think about bitless bridle.
     
    04-13-2010, 08:34 AM
  #17
Started
Well my horse hates different bits she went CRAZY in a french link... wont ever try that again :S
But for her a hackamore worked better she was more responsive, the brakes improved A LOT she changed between gaits smoother etc etc and we jumped higher and smoother... the day I changed back to a bit so I could compete though.... she threw me off kicked me in the head as she ran over me stepped on my ribs and broke them. Oops.

If you were to try a hackamore or bitless of some sort do expect your horse to play up for a bit.. bubbles did because she was confused at having the bridle working to her whole face instead of just her mouth.

The other thing I use on her is just a regular D-ring hollow eggbutt snaffle... works a charm so long as I have the flash strap on the bridle.. if not, then I have no brakes haha
     
    04-13-2010, 10:44 AM
  #18
Started
You know... I was considering that, and I'll try it in the future... but right now we've still got a lot of problems, and without previous experience with bitless, etc. I think we'll wait.
     
    04-14-2010, 02:56 AM
  #19
Foal
Hi hun, glad you got the email I sent you ok:) Just been reading through again and I think you have had some fantastic advise:) I think befor you go out and buy loads of new tack w uld as suggested give the dentist a call. Now I am not sure if you in the states or UK, but a good dentist will also check the bit in the horses mouth, see how it sits with the shape and would suggest alternatives more suited.

In regards to bit position usually and this is from what I no you need to see two to three smile lines at the corners of the mouth. Perhaps take some photos of your horse in the bridle and we can take a look. Also thinking on about what you said with regard to your horse not moving forward to your leg and trying to bite you, it may actually be variouse other reasons. If your saddle is a bit tight or your horse has a sore back or teeth then these could all be contributing to your problems.

Or it coul be a behaviour issue. Personally take some photos and we can see better how your tack fits, give the dentist a ring, if all fine there get back checked and saddle fit and if that not the problem you will need to work with him on his behaviour.

Hope I have helped a little more. Look forward to seeing pictures. Take care Ikle pickle
     
    04-14-2010, 03:09 PM
  #20
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by iridehorses    
As Val suggested, the very first thing I would check would be his teeth.

Once that is completed, I would lower the bit in his mouth. There are so many "rules of thumb" from seeing a "smile" to the number of wrinkles at the corner of her mouth. I don't put any wrinkles in my horse's mouth. I adjust the bridle so that the bit is just touching the corners. I don't feel there is any reason to stretch their mouths.
The reason for there to be wrinkles is to ensure the bit is not knocking on their incisor teeth when there's no contact, especially with a snaffle.
     

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