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    07-02-2012, 01:15 AM
Changing tack?

I currently ride my mare in saddleseat saddles. Im not sure what kind of bit is being used, but I do know its the type of bit that most Tennessee Walking horse trainers use. But im going to be switching her to a new barn, and they use english tack. Snaffle bridles, and english saddles.

I was just wondering, is there going to be any big difference to my horse? She responds well at the bit, and to my voice. Im just not sure on how responsive she will be to a snaffle bridle since she's never had one. I've rode with both the bridle, and saddle before on different breed horses, so no big change to me. And im curious, what the difference between a snaffle bridle, and the kind walking horses use? (sorry I can't remember the name of them).
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    07-02-2012, 01:18 AM
I'm not sure of your last question's answer, sorry.

But I'm curious why you're changing her tack.. is it due to the new barn being English?

Switching tack is no problem for the horse as long as they understand the cues in the new tack.
    07-02-2012, 11:17 PM
I'm confused.

Saddleseat is a type of English do you mean you're going to a Dressage or Hunter barn? The saddle will look similar.

As for the bit, it depends on which one you're using now. I think a lot of Walkers use a single piece bit with long shanks. Google some Walker bits then a snaffle and take a look :)
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    07-03-2012, 11:01 PM
The barn im moving too, each horse owner has their own stuff. And there's no gaited horses there, mine will be the only one. And they don't use eachothers tack.
    07-03-2012, 11:06 PM
If you have a Dover saddlery nearby, or you can visit their website, they offer English bits with a fabulous return policy. If not then does the same thing with some western bits.

You are entitled to ride the horse in whatever tack. I ride my big ol horse English and my lessee rides him Western. We use a simple loose ring french link bit.

Just because he's gaited doesn't mean you have to use certain things. It's always up to you. As long as the saddle fits, then he should be fine. Just tracking down a bit that he works well in, is another issue.
    07-04-2012, 02:40 PM
You can actually ride in whatever tack you want... If you want to use your saddleseat saddle, go for it.
And you might want to figure out what kind of bit you use. It kinda makes you look bad when you're trying to ask for advice and you don't know what bit you use... Usually walking horse bits are large and should really should only be used with experienced riders. It's very easy to ruin a horse's mouth.
    07-06-2012, 11:15 AM
If you and your horse are happy with what you are using, don't go changing it because every one else is using something different. If they jump off a cliff do you plan on following them?
    07-06-2012, 12:37 PM
So where you are now everyone just uses a communal pile of tack? That's...weird. Can I ask why that's done? I've never been at a place where private owners didn't all have their own gear.

You can use whatever kind of tack you like with the gaited horses. If you're riding a specific style I would stick with that. If you're taking lessons in a specific style, try to get tack for that style.

If you're just riding on your own you should stick to whatever you're comfortable with - doesn't matter what everyone else is riding in. It sounds like your new barn is Dressage or Hunt seat oriented whereas you're currently riding saddleseat. If you're not taking lessons and switching disciplines then there's no reason the venture into tack you're not familiar with if it's working for you as is.
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