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post #1 of 24 Old 05-07-2010, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Help with western bit...

I'm not too experienced with western bits but this is the bit I've been using on my boy. I would like to know how mild or severe it is because I think I want to switch him to a milder bit if it isn't already very mild. He is very good at moving off my leg and I think I may just switch him to a snaffle. This is the bit that the previous owner said he was always ridden with and that's why I would like to know how severe it is. Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 24 Old 05-07-2010, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Maybe the question isn't too clear: It this bit milder than a plain or french link snaffle? That's pretty much what I'm asking for advice on.

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post #3 of 24 Old 05-07-2010, 03:43 PM
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A french link would be milder I would think. If your hands are soft, that bit isn't bad.

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post #4 of 24 Old 05-07-2010, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks! I'm just not used to anaylizing western bits :( He neck reins awesomely but I wasn't sure if I should keep a harsh (If it is) bit in his mouth because that is what he is used to. I think I am going to switch him... thanks :)

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If you are neck reining I'm not sure a french link will work. (It is designed for two hands).

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Oh. I don't plan to show him western at all, he's just going to be my trail buddy if that matters. All I need with him is something that will help me stop him. What would you suggest for our situation? Maybe even a bosal...? I'm not sure :(

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Bosals can be severe.

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Wow, I thought they are milder if you are soft with it.

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post #9 of 24 Old 05-07-2010, 04:40 PM
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Not really. Mechanical hackamores I've heard are milder if you want to go the bitless route.....
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post #10 of 24 Old 05-07-2010, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks! I think I will look into something like that. He doesn't need to carry a bit all the time and he is very well behaved. Thanks!

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