I am going to be starting my mare in a couple weeks and I bought a "colt training bit" and I felt horrible putting it on her and she hated it as well (obvious bc she really tried rubbing it off and acted very much unlike her normal self) So any suggestions on bits to use ? I could really use the help!
I started in a standard D ring single joint snaffle, but today I bought a mylar (on sale! Yes!) http://www.doversaddlery.com/myler-w...01383/cn/2099/ level 1 for training. So far I really like it and it has the roller in the middle that kept Thunder a bit more preoccupied. It doesn't pinch like the other snaffle, so it takes him a bit more effort and training on my part.
Thanks I will look into that the one that was suggested as a colt training bit was a full cheek with an oval piece in the middle and had "keys" hanging down it didn't look very nice but I was assured that my horse would LOVE this bit but she did not
Yeah it is more of a decoration than anything but If anyone knows what it is and would like to buy it I would sell it lol I don't see ever putting that on any of my horses. Luckily when I put it on my mare and she didn't like it I immediatly took it out!!
That looks like it may be designed for an advanced horse that REALLY likes to play with the bit. I can imagine it would be very distracting to a young horse to have those things moving around on his tongue and bumping his teeth. YUCK. I would suggest some form of simple snaffle to start with. I prefer the loose ring but they have a tendency to rub on the sides of the mouth. If you want something a little milder than a regular single joint snaffle, you might look into either a myler or a billy allen snaffle. They have parts that keep the bit from going "nutcracker" on your horses mouth.
Billy allen snaffle at valleyvet.com Myler loose ring snaffle at horse-rider-etc.com
That is called "mouthing" mouthpiece. The "keys" are supposed to promote tongue movement, therefore relaxing the jaw. Personally... I wouldn't use that. I just think of having something sticking down the back of my tongue, and it doesn't present a pretty picture.
I personally do NOT like single-joint bits. They have a crackerjack action on the horse's tongue and bars, protrude up into the horse's palate, and do not have full-mouth contact. I much prefer double-jointed bits.
Here's what I like to start youngsters in:
Full Cheek French Link. The full cheek part of it will prevent the bit from being pulled through the horse's mouth, which is big for a youngster, epecially if you lunge or ground-drive with a bit. The full cheek also applies lateral pressure, that is, when you pull on the right rein, the left cheekpiece will push against the left cheek, encouraging the horse to follow the right rein. The french link mouth is a nice double-joint bit that allows full mouth contact. There is no crackerjack action, and the bit lies nicely on the tongue.
---> A great analogy for choosing a bit mouthpiece!! Think of the bit as a bucket handle. If you had to carry a full bucket of water with that bit as the handle, would it hurt your hands? A single joint bit would pinch your hand, and you'd only really feel contact on the outside of your hand. A double joint would not, it would give you full contact, dispersing the pressure. You can think of this with many types of bits, for example: Twisted wire: ouch!! Double twisted wire: even more ouch!! Corkscrew: not as bad, but still ouch!! Slow twist: woud definitely not be pleasant!