Need help with finding a bit for our Haffie
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Horse Tack > Horse Tack and Equipment

Need help with finding a bit for our Haffie

This is a discussion on Need help with finding a bit for our Haffie within the Horse Tack and Equipment forums, part of the Horse Tack category
  • Bucking haflinger site:www.horseforum.com

Like Tree12Likes

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    05-07-2013, 02:43 PM
  #1
Foal
Need help with finding a bit for our Haffie

Hi - we recently purchased a Haflinger and while they said that they rode him in a snaffle, my daughter is really struggling with this bit for him. He basically moves right through the bit and has no manners when she is riding him. Wanted to see if anyone had a recommendation on what type of bit they are using on a Haflinger or Fjord who I understand can also have the same temperments. He is a great boy and very affectionate; however, we are working to show him he can't do as he pleases
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    05-07-2013, 02:58 PM
  #2
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by spies04    
He basically moves right through the bit and has no manners when she is riding him.
No bit will control a horse. Training controls a horse.
Quote:
Originally Posted by spies04    
He is a great boy and very affectionate; however, we are working to show him he can't do as he pleases
If he was a "great boy" he wouldn't have been sold. If you don't know how to retrain this horse, find a trainer to help you. OR, plunk down $300 on Clinton Anderson videos, or $12.95 for his book on ground manners.
Clinton Anderson's Ground Manners Short Course
If you keep this horse, you will be "horse poor", like the rest of us. =D
     
    05-07-2013, 03:19 PM
  #3
Yearling
We once bought a 14hh pony for my daughter (not a Haffie, though) who ran through the bit to the extent she would break through the rail surrounding the schooling area.

We used a Kimblewick on her - not too harsh in a child's hands, even though it's a strong bit.

After a fortnight she went back into her snaffle and we had no further problems.
     
    05-07-2013, 03:23 PM
  #4
Yearling
It's a training problem, not a bit problem.
Posted via Mobile Device
smrobs and Skyseternalangel like this.
     
    05-07-2013, 03:25 PM
  #5
Trained
I have found that sometimes bitting up to a light shank bit can often be good for riders who are not so strong and riding lightly, and working back down to a loose rein on it, can actually be beneficial.

Had a little 80lb girl taking lessons on a hot horse, she couldn't control it in a snaffle, and while maybe I would of kept him in a snaffle and fought it out, she was not physically strong enough to. So, we bumped her up to one of these lovely billy allen bits:

http://www.buytack.com/products/bits...lly_allen1.htm

After we did this, it gave this poor kid enough leverage that IF she got into trouble she could use it...If she didn't, she was to stay on a loose rein and pick up as light as possible. Remember you don't ride a shank bit with contact, you ride with a loose rein, and THAT is where people get confused.

Now, ideally, fix it in a snaffle. Get him softening to the bridle, lowering his head when you ask, giving both directions willingly. If the horse is soft, he will be less likely to brace and run through you.

After that I would spend a lot of time on a loose contact, saying "whoa", and if he doesn't stop...Back him off your hands. Say whoa, give him a split second to respond, then take a hold of him and back him up ten feet or so. Pause. Walk off again. Eventually he'll stop and try backing on his own. At this stage, move up to the trot. Then the canter. He'll get it, just be sure to be consistent. EVERY TIME you stop, BACK him up! Waste no time either.

Just remember that the shank bit is going to make a difference between this contact:



And this soft rein:

     
    05-07-2013, 03:26 PM
  #6
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by unclearthur    
We once bought a 14hh pony for my daughter (not a Haffie, though) who ran through the bit to the extent she would break through the rail surrounding the schooling area.

We used a Kimblewick on her - not too harsh in a child's hands, even though it's a strong bit.

After a fortnight she went back into her snaffle and we had no further problems.

This too. Sometimes all you need to do is throw something on for a little while and they figure it out.

I posted a western type bit, not that it would really matter for training purposes, but if you are riding english (Which most haffies are so I'm going to guess that) you probably have more access to a kimberwicke.
unclearthur likes this.
     
    05-07-2013, 03:27 PM
  #7
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by GamingGrrl    
It's a training problem, not a bit problem.
Posted via Mobile Device
Very true, but where children are concerned safety has to take priority.
     
    05-07-2013, 04:02 PM
  #8
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by unclearthur    
Very true, but where children are concerned safety has to take priority.
And buying a proper children's horse would've been the place to start for that. I don't think putting a harsher bit in the mouth of a poorly trained horse with a kid on board is the way to go about this. 14hh is plenty big enough for an adult to hop on with a mild bit and give this horse the foundation it needs, and is ideally what should be done. I do realize though, that this isn't a perfect world and its probably not going to happen this way.
Posted via Mobile Device
smrobs and Corporal like this.
     
    05-07-2013, 04:31 PM
  #9
Foal

Thank you for all of the replies, however, I am a bit of a loss for some of judging notes. Let's be real clear - I would never expose my daughter to a horse that would cause her harm and he in no way has ever run away with her or has had threatened injury as he would have been gone immediately. I am looking for a recommendation for a bit that would help put some pressure in his mouth as I am very clear that this would require additional training to assist with his manners and a bit is only one of a few tools. This should have been replied to instead of giving me your opinion in not knowing the full situation and judging my purchase of this horse.

Thank you for the other replies - I have heard that Kimberwicks are good bits and will investigate those.

As for the others - those who walk around in glass houses shouldn't walk around naked. These forums should be used to assist instead of
criticize.
     
    05-07-2013, 04:39 PM
  #10
Trained
Just so you know, the people who ride internationally buy a safe lead-line pony for their own children to start on. They might take chances on the x-country course but they don't want their own children to break their necks at home. If you don't care about your child, and don't want to pay for training, we cannot help you. There are many good trainers out there who could fix this pony. It's NO FUN to be on a horse and lose control. Haflingers were not bred to be a child's horse. They are a light draft breed, meant for harness work. Recently Dennis Reis retrained one that was bucking and bolting with an adult woman. She had just recovered from broken ribs and such from being tossed by this horse.This "small" horse is much more powerful than you and me.
An older lesson horse who has a history of taking care of people is the best choice. Often such a horse is having trouble with the work load so they are sold and make excellent beginner's horses.
Many barns train child-safe horses, too.
It's possible that your horse isn't that bad, but you've already attached the words, "great boy", which means you are rooting for him. Personally, I wouldn't have bought him for my adult daughters to ride--too short, too green-- but I've owned/trained horses for almost 28 years and could come up with a game plan to retrain him.
Just TOO many green people sold TOO many green and dangerous horses. Tired of reading of the accidents you have. =/
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Finding the right bit jillybean19 Horse Tack and Equipment 1 12-24-2012 12:24 PM
Need help finding the right bit katc71 Horse Tack and Equipment 8 05-04-2012 01:43 AM
Finding the right bit? WhosJackedUp Horse Training 3 08-05-2011 03:54 PM
Finding the best bit Puddintat Horse Tack and Equipment 3 02-26-2011 11:41 PM
Help finding a bit.... :) BearleySmokin Horse Tack and Equipment 2 11-18-2010 10:52 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0