10-24-2012, 10:31 PM
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I would not be buying a special bit... I'd be making sure my daughter understood that she had to take care or she would have very limited riding time. Its she just slightly heavy handed or does she jerk at the horse's mouth? If it's the former I would work with her, watch carefully, and eventually she'll get it.
If it's the latter, this is what my old trainer used to do: put a bridle on the kid's leg, so the bit is on the bottom of the foot and the crown is over the knee. Give the reins a good jerk so the kid can feel what it's like.
Not sure how pc it was, but it sure worked!
Seriously, though, I'd work with the rider before confusing the horse with multiple bits.
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