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post #1 of 3 Old 10-02-2010, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Need help with bit selection on 3 yr old

As some of you may know i have a 3 yr old gelding who came from camelot kill pen this spring. I have spent the summer trying to figure out what he knows. Apparently he knows more then one would guess a 3 yr old in the kill pen would know. I spent the summer doing lounge work and round pen work getting him back in shape (he was thin and undermuscled when i got him). We worked with desensitizing to things. He knew how to lounge very well, knew his voice commands (will walk trot whoa and canter on command), and excepted tack (we did a lot of lounging with tack on too). I got on him earlier this summer and he was good. We have really got him into training now... which really started a couple weeks ago. I had him in a egg butt snaffle. He was going good, listening to our commands, but didnt want to collect or relax into the bit (it is a slightly thicker mouthpeice). She tried him on a bit that is basically like this...and he really seemed to love it. He has relaxed into it, he is neck reining!!! collected into a nice western even jog, and we can be off his mouth. What do you think? One thing i have to mention is the bit shanks from top of bit to bottom of bit are only about 4 1/2" long. I will get a picture of the bit today..i dont think it is exactly that one, but it may be....

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post #2 of 3 Old 10-02-2010, 02:07 PM
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Doesnt seem like too harsh of a bit being that the purchase is the samelength as the shank, but personally if the horse is soft and supple and neck reining I would move to a low port curb bit that isn't broken in the middle like a snaffle.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-02-2010, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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it is my impression that with a solid mouth peice you dont get the independent action. He isnt solid at neck reining, he is getting the hang of it though. i will have videos of him soon
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