Bridle Fitting - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 25 Old 04-12-2010, 09:32 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
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.
kitten_Val is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #12 of 25 Old 04-13-2010, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 2,431
• Horses: 1
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.
alexischristina is offline  
post #13 of 25 Old 04-13-2010, 12:38 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: California
Posts: 1,915
• Horses: 6
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.
rocky pony is offline  
post #14 of 25 Old 04-13-2010, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 2,431
• Horses: 1
Awesome! (: Thank you for your input, with that in mind I'll definitely try it out.
alexischristina is offline  
post #15 of 25 Old 04-13-2010, 05:19 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 102
• Horses: 0
Your welcome chic:) Hope you get sorted, you have had some fantastic advice x
ikle pickle is offline  
post #16 of 25 Old 04-13-2010, 08:16 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,907
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by alexischristina View Post
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.
kitten_Val is offline  
post #17 of 25 Old 04-13-2010, 08:34 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 1,779
• Horses: 4
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

R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
HollyBubbles is offline  
post #18 of 25 Old 04-13-2010, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 2,431
• Horses: 1
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.
alexischristina is offline  
post #19 of 25 Old 04-14-2010, 02:56 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Derbyshire
Posts: 102
• Horses: 0
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
ikle pickle is offline  
post #20 of 25 Old 04-14-2010, 03:09 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 1,009
• Horses: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post
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.
aspin231 is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bridle fitting Indyhorse Horse Tack and Equipment 6 02-25-2010 09:00 PM
Bridle fitting for a 2 yr old Plains Drifter Horse Tack and Equipment 4 01-12-2010 10:00 AM
Need Tack info.. bridle fitting, colors etc.. horseluver50 Horse Tack and Equipment 10 12-08-2009 01:25 AM
Properly fitting bridle Hoofprints in the Sand Horse Tack and Equipment 5 11-30-2009 01:29 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome