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post #21 of 22 Old 05-08-2013, 12:46 AM
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Personally, I am a proponent of upping your training before you up your bit (I had a stopping issue with my horse when we first started riding together in a double jointed snaffle-- it was tough, but now people are impressed with his responsiveness!). That being said, both of the 4H girls at my barn ride their mounts in kimberwickes when they are in English tack-- one of the horses is a former barrel horse who has lots of get-up-and-gogogogogo.

Haflingers are cute stubborn little things. If I were in your shoes, I might see how he goes in a Kimberwicke while looking into a trainer for a long-term solution! Or, if you can-- get on him and school him yourself. There are tons of tutorials and suggestions online for putting a good stop on a horse.

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post #22 of 22 Old 05-08-2013, 01:02 AM
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Well you all sound like you are piling on the OP to me.

Haflingers, yup tough little beasties and also can be difficult to find a bit that they are happy in. Because of their mouth shape and type a single joint snaffle doesn't always suit them. I found that a mullen mouth unjointed bit can be a comfortable choice, and as a parent I would certainly be happy enough putting a mullen mouth pelham and converters on so the child only has one rein to deal with.

I state this knowing I will get flamed by some, but hey I've seen it work often enough and it's an idea to try, and that is what it is about getting ideas.
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