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    07-21-2009, 06:22 PM
Green Broke
Correction bits

I just want to know how many people use correctional bits for their western bridles. I'm using one for my horse so I want to know if there is anything I should know about them. For example what are the Pros and Cons of them?

Here's what I read earlier.
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    07-21-2009, 06:26 PM
Green Broke
What I do know of them is that they are not for someone who does not fully understand the workings of them and how to properly use them (used improperly, they can be very severe). With that in mind, I would suggest stopping your usage of the bit until you do have the understanding of it you are seeking.
    07-21-2009, 06:30 PM
Green Broke
I'll tell you a little about my horse. She is a horse that you have to use your seat for almost everything. You have to leg ride her. Riding her with your hands warrants a quick rodeo. So to stop her I just sit really deep and tighten my grip on the reins (not pull back, tighten). So it would be alright for me to use it because I don't pull back on my reins to stop her, wouldn't it?

And besides, I know what I'm doing, and I'm an experienced rider in all but Dressage and jumping.
    07-22-2009, 09:28 AM
With your horse being so responsive to leg and body aids, why do you want to use a correction bit? You may be better served with a simple snaffle.
    07-22-2009, 10:32 AM
Green Broke
We don't have a snaffle available to use for western. And I could probably use any bit in the world or even go bitless with this horse and not have a lot of problems. The reason we use a correctional bit is so that she actually feels the pressure on the reins when I ask her to stop so she stops or slows down quicker. Even with a harsher bit it still takes me a good 20 strides to slow her down from the canter.
    07-22-2009, 10:38 AM
I wouldn't use it. If the horse can't stop right when you ask her to, there is a hole in the foundation that needs addressing. A bit should never be used to stop a horse.
    07-22-2009, 10:40 AM
Green Broke
A correction bit is ONLY for a FINISHED horse, one that responds well to neck reining, leg aids, and the bit. If it's taking you 20 strides to slow her down from the canter, then I say you need more training, not a bigger bit. You need to go back to basics with her and teach her to yield to the bit at the walk and trot, teach her the "whoa" voice command, and get her more supple and responsive to the bridle. I would recommend having her teeth looked at by your vet as well, and have any wolf teeth pulled (yes, mares CAN get wolf teeth).

When you teach her whoa, she needs to learn that whoa means, STOP NOW, not in 2 or 20 strides. Work with her in hand first (leading from both sides), then on the lunge or round pen, then in the saddle. You should not be relying on the bit to stop her, from any gait.

I would also teach her an emergency one-rein stop, which will need to be taught in a plain snaffle (O or D ring) or a side-pull first. A one-rein stop in a shanked bit on a horse that doesn't know how well can be dangerous. However, a one-rein stop is a move that all horses should learn. It's invaluable if the horse is spooked and takes off, or one if your reins breaks or comes un-done from the bit.
    06-25-2012, 03:02 PM
It sounds like this mare does a lot of things right when it comes to your seat and legs. I have to agree with the post above that she seems to need some more work when it comes to the stop.

I've been showing in APHA and AQHA from the time I turned 10 and I and my parents have used these bits as great training aids. BUT on the same token they are not for teaching a horse to stop with the reins. You sound like you have a great foundation with your seat so build off of that until you get a more desirable response when you do actually apply pressure to your reins. In my experience a correction bit magnifies hand pressure so generally we use them for a horse that gets distracted in the show pen that may need a little reminder to pay attention and keep a solid head set. It is very rare that we ever actually keep using the bit after a few times with it.

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