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    05-25-2011, 01:28 AM
While I agree that I'd much rather have the separation of control only accessible with a double rein, I don't agree that you lose "all" refinement with roundings, nor do I agree that they provide the same effect as a Kimberwick. With the latter, there is no distribution of snaffle action whatsoever, and the curb effect is always full-on and strong when rein pressure is applied. With roundings, you're never going to get the full effect of the curb, no matter how hard you pull. It's always going to be balanced between the leverage effect and the straight pull of the snaffle.

You're presuming that the horse is going to be bothered/confused by the curb, or that it will be too harsh. I'm assuming the opposite--that since the horse has been ridden with a curb rein in the past, it's probably familiar and comfortable with the action, and may even have an active dislike for snaffles, perhaps (or perhaps not) due to the stereotypical heavy-handedness of polo riders. Either of us could be wrong. It's quite possible that all she needs is a tooth float and a French-link. But I wouldn't discount alternatives so quickly.
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    05-25-2011, 01:37 AM
Green Broke
Before we get too far into (another) debate on bits, let's help the OP out first

Her bit choice will be influenced to a degree by her intentions for the horse, the horse's level of training in her desired dicipline and what works for them as a team.

Nothing discounted, nothing favoured, just a leeetle more information needed.
    05-25-2011, 02:18 AM
No debate from me. :)
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    05-25-2011, 02:34 AM
Wow - I definitely came to the right place to ask for information!

Originally Posted by sarahver    
My first inclination is to go back to a simple snaffle and develop a responsive supple horse, polo horses are extremely responsive (though perhaps not in the way you might want for flatwork) but they are prone to bracing against the bit, rather than accepting it.

How long was the horse playing polo for? Did she race previous to the polo career?

She played polo for the past 10 years, she has never been raced. Your comment about bracing against the bit is dead-on, that is what I'm seeing with her.

My thoughts had been to start her out with a bit similar to what she was accustomed to, and then work up from there. However, after reading all of the replies and researching on my own, I think I'm going to defer this one to our trainer. Our work schedules have conflicted lately, so I may be too eager to get started on this. I believe I'll discuss my thoughts and your recommendations with her when we get together next week and move forward from there.

I'm absolutely thrilled with the amount of information you have all provided! Thank you SO much!
    05-25-2011, 10:20 AM
Green Broke
Well, all the best with her! After ten years of playing polo you have quite the task ahead of you in regards to re-training, but TB's are wonderful students: smart, willing and love to please their human so you will be fine. You may also find her turns a little awkward and square to begin with, but that's all part of the fun

Good call on working with your trainer, always easier when the horse is in front of you. But rest assured that if you have any questions about bits, the collective wealth of information on this forum regarding bits, their action and appropriate use truly is a force to be reckoned with!

Good luck
    05-25-2011, 11:16 AM
Originally Posted by sarahver    
Good call on working with your trainer, always easier when the horse is in front of you. But rest assured that if you have any questions about bits, the collective wealth of information on this forum regarding bits, their action and appropriate use truly is a force to be reckoned with!

Good luck
You guys have already helped me to realize I was "jumping the gun" a little bit. I'm very happy I found this forum.

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