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  • Double twisted wire snaffle clinton
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    06-22-2009, 08:34 AM
I just really don't want to use a double twisted snaffle, because of all the bad things that have been said about it, so will the french link snaffle be able to stop my horse if she is galloping, because that is why my instructor recommended the double twisted snaffle, because I do not have the "strength and ability" to stop her yet.Me and my horse have a brilliant bond so I am pretty sure if I ask her to stop she will. But I just want to be careful :)
Also my horse was trained and broken in by my instructor, and she has always had a double twisted snaffle in her mouth with that instructor.So do you think that a french link would be ok with her? Because she has a soft mouth but yeah. I just hope that she listens to me with that bit :)
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    06-22-2009, 08:36 AM
My horse does not know the one rein stop, how do I teach her?
    06-22-2009, 12:02 PM
To teach the one rein stop, saddle up in an enclosed arena or paddock where you are comfortable riding. Not too big, you want to feel comfortable completely dropping contact. If you have English reins, with the buckle in the middle, hold the buckle with one hand and ask your horse to move off at the walk. Don't steer, just let her walk. After you have gone about, oh, 8 strides, take your free hand and run it down the length of that rein, reaching about halfway to the bit. Grip the rein and pull her nose around to the girth. When you pull the rein, bring your hand up to the point where the seam of your jeans meets your belt. No higher, or she could off-balance and potentially flip over. Hold this position until she gives and lets the slack out of the rein. (It doesn't hurt to flex her neck like this from the standstill either ) Flex the other way, to keep her muscles moving evenly, then move off at the walk again. Repeat. The next time, pull her to a stop with the other hand, again to keep her from getting one-sided. When she stops off of one rein softly and instantly in both directions at the walk, you can progress to the trot, and on to the canter after you are proficient at the trot. Over the course of teaching, whenever your horse moves faster than you want (trots when you want a walk, for example), do a one rein stop and flex her, then ask for the gait you want. I hope that's clear enough. Clinton Anderson's is the method I've just outlined, and he has much more in depth instructions in his books and DVDs.

The instructor rides in the twisted wire snaffle??!! It doesn't sound like she feels that she has the "strength or ability" to stop your horse, and she is the trainer!! Give the milder bit a try. If you ride in a halter, and the trainer rides in the twisted snaffle, then she may not be as soft in the beginning, since she's used to a harsher bit. Do the one rein stops in the new bit and she'll get softer and lighter. Ride her as often as possible in the new bit, and ask your trainer to ride with it as well, as the horse should be trained in the bit she will be ridden in by the owner. It just doesn't make sense for the trainer to ride in a harsher bit, and then have the horse go back to the primary rider and a milder bit. Does she ride all of her training projects in the twisted wire bit? Maybe she has a third cousin who makes them, lol. Nearly any horse can go in a plain snaffle and be stopped, it just takes a little time and patience.

Good luck!
    06-22-2009, 11:49 PM
*jaw drops* Your instructor broke your horse in a double twisted wire snaffle??? Ditch her!!!! That is NOT the kind of person you want to be learning from!

I ride in the bush all the time, and I do it on all my horses in a snaffle. Is you horse very forward moving, or very laid back? Does she spook? Does she throw her head? If you are only going to be going steady I see NO reason why you should have problems in a basic snaffle.
    06-23-2009, 02:33 AM
Yes, my horse does spook, quite a bit, because she is so bloody nosy LOL.
And I have seen when she got riddden in the twisted wire snaffle, and she throws her head around, btu when in the halter she keeps it still.
She is quite forward moving and yes she is always snorting and looking around like she is WAITING for something to scare her LOL.
    06-23-2009, 02:35 AM
I only ride her in the halter in the arena/lunge yard, at a walk and trot.
I am too nervous to go out into the bush with a halter on, that's why I want a different bit for arena and bush riding, that will still control her, but I just don't want that double twisted snaffle.coz I don't want her too have a hard mouth, and get into the habit of head tossing, so I havent ridden her much due to the fact that I don't know what bit to use.
    06-23-2009, 03:03 AM
I would agree with most everyone else - don't use the bit your instructor suggested . Train your horse properly to listen to you and then you can work as a pair.

Short quick answers are no answer at all.
    06-23-2009, 06:05 AM
Try a snaffle, see what happens. Stick close to home, and have supervision. If it doesn't work, come back and we can give you excersizes to try, other options... But try a snaffle first.
    06-23-2009, 09:26 AM
I went today and I bought a french link snaffle.
I can't wait to try it on her
I got the loose ring, with the flat plate in a full size.
I am pretty sure it's right :)
Thankyou for all your help everybody.
    06-23-2009, 07:59 PM
Sounds great! Let us know how you go!

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