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post #11 of 14 Old 05-11-2014, 10:37 PM
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Bitting up a horse means to use increasingly harsher, and harsher bits to get a desired effect.

A kimberwick, a twisted snaffle, and a hackamore are all "stronger" bits. And before it is stated that a hackamore isn't even strong, have you seen the length of those shanks? The amount of pressure per pound in the hands can range from very mild... to very harsh.

A horse may not like multiple moving parts in a bit. A mullen might solve that, but if he needs tongue relief, a solid bit that is not harsh in green rider's hands might help. I personally know of a mustang whose bitting problems were solved by switching to a simple solid curb.
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They don't break in the middle there is a small bar thing in the middle. I've had a d-ring, egg butt, and a circle one for rings. I had a kimberwike that was a tongue relief. I will try to get a video soon.
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Try giving him at least 4-5 rides in each bit doing very basic flexation exercises and turns before deciding he dislikes a bit. MANY horses respond to new mouthpieces as you described. A few options you could try are mullens, a ported snaffle, or a 3 piece dogbone with or without a copper roller.

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It still goes under the category of "too many moving parts". The bit we had for the gelding was a dog bone shanked bit. While he reacted more reasonably than in a split shanked bit, the curb gave him much relief as he wasn't getting so many different signals from the bit.

If you look at the way a split bit works, like for instance, an argentine snaffle (not a true snaffle by any means). All working parts are movable. The split in the middle allows for direct reigning, because as you move one side, the other side does not move as much with it. However, because the shanks are not solid, and it is movable, it can muddle your signal and the horse might get confused, or dislike it.

In a curb, while it only allows for neck reigning, the pieces are solid, and there is less muddling of the signals and the horse can understand more clearly.

Mileage may vary, but this is what happened with said gelding.
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