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post #1 of 3 Old 01-11-2012, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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need help on bitting my young pony.

Hi im very new to this so please bear with me :)


I have been asked to bring on this pony, i have ridden him for the last couple of months and he is coming on really well, he is getting very used to traffic and he is starting to work off my leg but I have been riding him in a bitless bridle which he has been going well in up to now. I have noticed he is starting to get more confident and I think it is time i ride him with a bit. He has been broken in with a bit but when it comes to riding him he isnít very good with a bit in, apparently puts his head in the air and just wont concentrate, he has had his teeth, back etc checked out, so the owner asked if i could just ride him in a bitless bridle which was fine at the beginning but now i am starting to school and wanting to get him in a correct outline i am finding difficult with a bitless bridle. My question really is if anybody has got any useful advice for me and/or what bit you think would be most useful (I have a wide selection.) And if anybody just has useful tips for me, i have broken in quite a few youngsters so am reasonable experienced but any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 3 Old 01-11-2012, 10:09 AM
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I start all my youngsters in a smooth egg butt fixed ring snaffle (English snaffle with a single hinge). I prefer a fulmer snaffle (full cheek with loose rings) but they are hard to find anymore. I think my kids do better at first finding support and quiet from the fixed sides over the loose ring style.
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Just a thought.

Have you tried lunging him with a bit? That's what I have been doing with my little mare, who had quite a time learning to accept the bit and pay attention to me when she was working. She would chew and foam and zigzag all over the place, because she was so worried about what was in her mouth.

I bitted her in a half cheek mullen mouth (note that I am training her to drive, not ride, and so I am not recommending the half cheek to you) to keep it from sliding around, and left her halter on. I would attatch my lunge line to the halter and put her through her paces. Any time that she would start messing with her bit so much that she wasn't paying attention (some chewing is absolutely fine and should be ignored) I'd snap my whip and urge her forwards until she was listening again. Once she was comfortable with that I started lunging her with the line attached to her bit, to get her used to the pressure. Only once she was fine going in both directions with the bit in her mouth did I go on to other things.

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