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post #1 of 14 Old 05-11-2014, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Different bits??

I'm trying to find a different but for my saddlebred I just got. I've tried a snaffle, kimberwike, a twisted snaffle, and a hacksmore and none seem to work he tosses his head some and mouths and tries to go through it. He is very energetic but I'm trying to work on him standing still and get a bit he likes without spending a ton of money.

Any ideas?

He's been off for two years and has 11rides on him. He's a big boy around 16.3-17hh tall and 12 years old
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-11-2014, 08:48 PM
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Have his teeth been checked?

More bit is not going to help this situation. More training will. He is still VERY green and bitting him up is just going to confuse and irritate him.

Do you have a trainer to work with you or someone experienced with green horses? He needs to be taught to respect the mildest bit possible (a regular snaffle or French link snaffle, whichever he prefers).
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His teeth were just done and he had a chiropraction done also. I'm not biting him up thanks I trying to fine a simple mild bit for him that he likes. He doesn't like snaffled I've had three different ones on him
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If possible id like to see a video of you riding. Many horses toss their heads because of rider error and could be a simple fix on your part.
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post #5 of 14 Old 05-11-2014, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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I don't have one I just got him a week ago.
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Perhaps you could try and get a video so members can better help you with your dilemma?

Mullen mouth bits may be worth a shot.

Less is more in respects to bits, HOWEVER, any bit is only as harsh as the hands holding the reins. If you start out harsh you don't have as many options. Start out with a mullen (straight bar) snaffle, D-Ring or something to that effect.

Some horses have a low pallet and a broken bit can encourage naughty behavior due to discomfort. I have a gelding that has to be ridden in a hackamore or mullen mouth.

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post #7 of 14 Old 05-11-2014, 10:16 PM
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I don't have one I just got him a week ago.
You've had him a week, he has been off for years, and you have been through 4 options already??

I get changing bits, but that often? Give him some time, let him start becoming fit, and ask yourself IS IT ME?
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I'd put him in the simplest bit possible, a French link loose ring, and left him become acustom to it! 4 bits in one week is a lot!
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My instructor said to change it and try something he will like. I've ridden him a few times before I got him and we were great together.

I'll look at a Mullen for him this week and see how it works.
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I agree that's its a lot of options in a small amount of time.

See if you can get a friend to get some video of you on your phone, or you can set a video camera on the fence to video yourself. Get video of yourself walking, trotting, stopping and turning. Try and stay close enough to the camera so we can see what's going on.

From there it will be easier to suggest bits. What type of mouthpiece and cheek piece did the snaffles that you tried have? There are so many combinations of options in snaffles that it's pretty unfair to say your horse dislikes them after only a fee tries.
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