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post #21 of 24 Old 05-08-2010, 04:25 PM
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I agree with Kevinshorses and MacabreMikolaj. If it's not broke why fix it. If your horse is as well trained as you are saying AND you have soft hands, that bit isn't causing your horse any pain. In fact it'll give you a heck of a lot more stopping power than a french link. So if you just need something "just in case" he spooks and the rest of the time you are using your legs/seat to direct him I'd keep him as is.
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post #22 of 24 Old 05-08-2010, 04:26 PM
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I am a reformed chronic bit changer. My horse came to me riding on a plain ol' medium port curb, pretty similar to yours. I thought it was too much bit for him so I switched his bit...and then switched it again...and then switched it again...and you guessed it, i switched again. Guess what I ride him in now? His plain ol' curb bit. In the long run, id rather have too much bit than not enough. Just a suggestion.
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post #23 of 24 Old 05-08-2010, 07:16 PM
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Like others have said, I like the bit you have.

A little curb pressure gives you finesse and a horse that breaks at the poll. I find that snaffles make the head go up before they collect and go down again. But maybe that's just me.

Sometime I should get a picture of the mechanical hackamore I ride in. Everyone seems to dislike them or think they are severe, but I don't find them a drop more severe than a mild curb bit. Basically, it rides just like a curb bit.

I do make a couple modifications however. For instance, I always take off the wicked looking curb chain that comes with them and replace it with a flat, double linked curb chain. And I always use a mechanical hackamore with a gentle, wide, flat noseband. And I ride on a loose rein and neck rein, only actually using rein pressure if I need to control speed (not usually an issue). But basically, it rides like a curb bit.

My new Fox Trotter rides best in a mild curb (similar to what you posted a picture of) or a sliester mechanical hackamore with a flat noseband and flat curb chain. She actually does better with both of these than she does a snaffle. (She doesn't seem to like a bit with a broken mouthpiece). I even gait her and use two hands with the mechanical hack. She puts light nose pressure into it and gaits just great that way, the same as she does with a curb.
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post #24 of 24 Old 05-09-2010, 10:55 AM Thread Starter
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The reason why I wanted to get him a different bit is because he gags on this one. I can tell he hates having it in his mouth. He will shake his head and pull away from it. I tried a snaffle yesterday and it worked really well. He diddn't gag or pull from it at all! I also tried my rope bridle (the exact one smrobs recommended) and we both really like it. I will use the rope on him now instead of the curb. Thank you all so much for your help and opinions, it helped me and my buddy a lot :)

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