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    10-05-2013, 09:25 PM
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Foal
Colt's First Bit

I absolutely love using a full cheek snaffle as a first bit for my young horses, as it adds nice pressure to the side of the mouth to help guide. I was just curious what everyone else liked to use as a first bit for a young horse?
     
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    10-05-2013, 10:05 PM
  #2
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I started my mini mare in a single jointed half cheek but quickly switched to a mullen mouth half cheek, and I loved it- especially since I started by ground driving and it helped give that extra 'nudge' in the right direction when she was learning to respond to pressure.

I haven't decided what to start my TB filly in yet though. She isn't even two yet, but I think I might mouth her in a French link or possibly a mullen mouthed/double jointed full cheek.
     
    10-05-2013, 10:20 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I start mine in rope halters, but their first bit is generally a full cheek French link with a nice, thick mouthpiece. Most horses tend to like that bit.
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    10-06-2013, 05:48 PM
  #4
Weanling
I start mine in a rope halter or side pull. From there I experiment. I don't have a go to bit as every horse is different.

My personal horse, Friska's first bit was a jr cowhorse with a chain mouthpiece. She would flip over backwards, rear and paw at the bridle to get it off, about rub her eye out on fences, itch herself with a back hoof etc with any other bit. She has the fattest tongue and lowest pallet of any horse i've known. There is barely any room for a bit.

However the first bit I try is a loose ring snaffle with a dogbone center, if that doesn't work i've got quite a few bits to sift through . Personally I am not a fan of full cheeks, if I want that effect i'll go with a baucher. Working for a trader I met one horse who killed himself while wearing a full cheek. The rider was just relaxing on him talking to another rider in the arena. The horse turned his head to bite a fly and then itched himself on the saddle. He got his bit hung up in the D ring panicked and flipped over backwards breaking his neck. The rider escaped with a couple breaks. I know it was a freak accident but i've also seen horses get hung up in full cheeks while tied around ( which is also something I won't do) so I am pretty leery of them now and always opt for something that isn't going to get hung up on something.
     
    10-06-2013, 07:08 PM
  #5
Foal
I typically start mine in a knotted rope halter, then graduate them to a D-ring with a copper mouthpiece.
     
    10-06-2013, 08:44 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Egg butt snaffle, a French link snaffle, or a Mullen mouth snaffle.
     
    10-07-2013, 02:06 PM
  #7
Weanling
I like to use the 'ol bosal. I keep them in that till they are pushbutton. If the nose gets a bit sore from the horse fighting pressure I nay switch to an o-ring snaffle.

It's what I learned and works for me
     
    10-07-2013, 02:38 PM
  #8
Trained
We use D-ring eggbutt snaffles.
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    10-07-2013, 02:44 PM
  #9
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Trained
Myler 3 piece
     

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