Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Tampa Bay area, FL
Just a question....
So, I posted a thread about getting my OTTB to lower his headset. Some three pages later, the debate in the thread was settled that he just needed to improve his balance and his head would quit shooting up/cranking back every time we changed pace. Wonderful, that's all I needed to know.
However, what unsettles me is that no matter how many times I posted it, everyone seemed to suggest that I put a bit in my horses mouth....as if the metal in the bit would magically make him learn something. I ride him in a hackamore, and he is perfectly responsive in that. He doesn't balk, ignore it, keep his nose up in the air as he's running or tuck it in to his chest. For a horse who probably never even seen a hackamore before I put one on him, I'm actually very pleased. I've ridden horses in bits before, and have no problem with horses who work in bits...I don't think they're being forced in to doing something or whatever other crap there is out there. Further more, when I said that he didn't like the bit, that just spurred on a debate that I must have trained him wrong or something. What gives?
I think in the end, the horse chooses what you work with. He chose the hackamore, and so that's what I work him in. If he would have not worked very well in that, I would have tried other things....but as it was the bit he did not like was a plain D-ring broken snaffle....a relatively mild and good training bit as far as I'm concerned. In my case, I actually have to force my horse to wear the bridle if he sees a bit on it, and I suspect its always been this way since they pretty much put up with anything on the track. So what's your opinion? Do you think a bit is better, and why?