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        06-05-2009, 09:33 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I start mine in a full cheek snaffle and ride western as well. :)
         
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        06-05-2009, 10:16 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Would you guys recommend rollers or keys on the snaffle?
         
        06-06-2009, 05:56 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by BackInTheSaddleAgain    
    Would you guys recommend rollers or keys on the snaffle?
    Only for a horse that is nervous with a bit. I would NOT start one with them as they can be confusing and/or distracting. Go with a double joint though, like a french link or bean mouth. There's no need to overload the horse with different sensations when you're first starting out.
         
        06-06-2009, 06:58 PM
      #14
    Showing
    Yep, I start all mine in a loose ring snaffle. That is how I started John and then changed him to a D-ring because he would fight sometimes and it gave me more control. Silly stud. I agree that keys or rollers could be very distracting in the beginning. A double jointed is much milder than a single jointed though. I can't wait for you to get her. :) When are you supposed to pick her up?
         
        06-06-2009, 08:00 PM
      #15
    Showing
    No, I wouldn't go with keys or a "mouthing" bit as they're called, as someone else mentioned they can be distracting. If you find he likes to play with the bit, there are double jointed bits out there with a copper roller.
         
        06-07-2009, 12:22 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I'm not a western person either, but I always start my horses in a french link O ring (KK Training Snaffle). If they don't like it, I put them in a D ring or a full cheek. But it's always good to give your horse the benefit of the doubt and start in the softest bit there is.

    Good luck!
         
        06-07-2009, 12:24 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Thanks for all the advise! That was my concern about mouthing bits... I didn't want her to get destracted or become dependant on it.
         

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