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post #1 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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Need tack advice very bad.

So, the stable i currently have my horse at uses their own bridles, bits, and saddle on the horses to train them. The owner is currently ill, and i dont have any way of figuring out what kind of tack they use. Im moving my mare to a new stable in a week or two, but each boarder they have there, has their own tack. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing. But i need serious tack help. I dont know what type of tack is being used on her, and i need to buy some to be able to ride her at the new place.

The saddle is just a saddleseat saddle, i dont know what brand though. But for the bridles and bits, i have nooooo clue :/ The bit might be a curb bit? Maybe? She's a Tennessee Walking horse, so whatever type bit they normally use on the breed, is probably what she's using. But i dont know what type. And if someone could suggest a good bit, that suits her breed, and is going to be easy on her mouth, i'd greatly appriciate it!

And i was wondering, how well do you think a snaffle bridle would do on a gaited horse? I havent heard of one using one, but i was curious. I'll most likely just get a bit like she's using now, if i can figure out what it is, but i might look into a snaffle later on. Oh, anyone know of a good website to get pretty halters off of? Not the regular plain colored halters, but different designed ones. I'll be looking into that too.

Thanks in advance! Really want to learn up on this stuff so i know what im doing, and know that nothing will be causing my girl discomfort, but also be good to train her with (:

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 01:02 AM
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the bit she used before, was it a mullen mouth (no break at all, but a straight bar across) or was it a broken mouth piece? and if so, how many joints?
If the horse is used to a mullen mouth and you put in a single jointed snaffle, she might hate it. Might not. if the former bit was a jointed bit, even if it had shanks, and thus leverage, if your new bit is also a jointed mouthpiece of the same type, she might transition over quite easily.

If your horse is used to leverage, you can always use a bit like a Kimberwick. It has only a very small amount of leverage and looks more "English" like.
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 01:09 AM Thread Starter
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Well... i think it was just a straight bar. But thats about all i know :/ Know of any good TWH bits i can look at? I might can find one similar, maybe.

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post #4 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 01:12 AM Thread Starter
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I was looking at this one, and it seemed pretty good in the description.

Imus comfort gait Bit

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Most of the walking horse bits I've seen have very long shanks. If you're inexperienced with a long shanked bit, it would be a good idea to look into something similar, with a shorter shank, or no shank. We don't use specialty bits on our gaited horses, and I'm not really sure its necessary unless you're showing. If you're worried about how she'll respond to a snaffle, you could see how she lunges in it before you ride her, then ride her in a small space, like a roundpen or other small enclosure. If you're very worried, pay your trainer to try her out in a few of her bits and suggest the one she goes best in for you. As for saddles, as long as the saddle fits well, it really shouldn't make much difference what you get.
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Well, you can always try a simple snaffle to begin with. Buy one that is relatively cheap and give it a go. When the horse is moved from the old barn, will you have a chance to see what sort of tack she has been ridden in so far? If not, then a simple snaffle is a good place to start.

I wouldn't worry too much of the other boarders aren't used to the bits that are used on Walkers. They just need an education. There's not a darn thing wrong with a shanked bit, if used with care. It's stronger, but that doesn't make it worse.

I am wondering if you wouldn't like to ask more information in the Gaited horse forum? I don't own a gaited hrose, and don't know that much about them. But there are a lot of gaited horse people here who do!
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that bit looks good to me (as much as I know about walking horses).

Have you ridden in the saddle seat saddle? I have and they would not be my choice of saddle if you are a beginner rider. I would look into perhaps an all purpose English saddle, or a gaited horse saddle (they are also called Plantation saddles, aren't they?)
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Ohhh yes, i'll ask there also (: And possibly, i'll try to get a glimpse when i move her. Is the gainted horse forum on here, or is it a seperate forum alltogether?

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post #10 of 11 Old 07-03-2012, 01:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! (: I also have one more question, i noticed at my old, old trainers barn (when i first started riding), he would put a curb chain under her chin. Can you explain what this does and how i adjust it? Im pretty sure i know what it does, gives you a bit more leverage, or control?

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