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post #1 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 09:53 PM Thread Starter
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I need bit help please

So i ride my horse bert in a normal loose ring snaffle but lately its harder to control him and he just is no listening at all. He used to be a race horse (pacer) and he pulled alot. I dont want something that will hurt him as i am a very green rider myself. But would you think a bit with rollers or something would help?
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post #2 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 10:14 PM
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Have you tried a loose ring snaffle with a smaller twist?
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post #3 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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no but i have seen his old owners use one but i am afraid because im very new to rideing
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post #4 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 11:40 PM
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Are you sure it's the bit? Since you said you're pretty green yourself.

Do you have riding lessons or a trainer you could ask? It could be that you aren't giving him any clear aids (riding with his mouth) and he's becoming resistant or he simply doesn't respect the bit and can pull the reins out of your hands or gape his mouth and evade.

I'm not sure what's going on because I'm not there. Or it could simply be he's being a poop head and you need to guard your reins and not let him pull through.

Curious to see what other HF members say..
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post #5 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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unfortunately i do not have a trainer/coach. i have had a very few lessons. he mostly tosses his head and opens his mouth when im asking for direction. i do kind of know how to use my seat and legs more then the reins but if i have him on a loose rein he doe not listen and im afraid of him takeing off with me (he used to race) i am trying my best to be one with my horse but rideing... is the one thing i defiantly suck at
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post #6 of 17 Old 04-10-2012, 11:52 PM
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Have the teeth been checked?
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post #7 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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yes they have im starting to wonder if maybe my bit is hitting his wolf teeth
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post #8 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 12:06 AM
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Uh, yeah, wolf teeth could most definitely be the reason for his head tossing.
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post #9 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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how can i check if its hitting his wolf teeth?
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post #10 of 17 Old 04-11-2012, 12:11 AM
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It can never hurt to have his teeth checked out (should really be checked by a vet/dentist because they can then correct any possible issues he has), but I am much more inclined to believe that this is a training issue. Because he is still hard in his mouth, he was likely never really properly re-trained after retirement from the track.

Truthfully, I would strongly suggest that you find a place where you can either work with a trainer or take some lessons on your horse. Not only will that help you with the problems you are having now, but it will make you a better and more confident rider in the long run.

With lessons, you wouldn't have to do like many others did and learn all your lessons the hard way .
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