Thank you all for your replies!
Well I don't know if you going to consider my advise considering you think that im horrible because I hate my Arab. But.
Actually, though I obviously am not happy with some things that you wrote on other posts, I do value your advice. Your horsekeeping practices do differ from my own, and we disagreed on a topic which we will have to agree to disagree on.
A forum will always have people of differing opinions and that's what makes it great. One person's method may work for some people but not others, and on certain horses but not others. It's important to get a variety of advice. We will all (hopefully) learn from one another, regardless of whether or not we like what we hear. Because I am upset about your views towards your Arab doesn't mean you won't be able to work things out with her. I actually really hope you do. I gave my opinion, hopefully taken with a grain of salt.
If I were a horse, I'd be a hot blood, though I do try to control my temper. I definitely apologize if any of my comments were hurtful. They were not intended to be that way.
Consider what other bits this horse has worked in. If it was worked in a curb before. If it hasn't I would start off with a tomb,thumb, then work your way up if you need to. I wouldn't go straight to a curb, you don't know how that horse will react to it. Again, unless its been worked in a curb before.
He has not worked in a curb before. The first time he ever had a bit in his mouth (full cheek snaffle) was five years ago. I have always shied away from Tom Thumbs because the ones I've seen are poorly made and it's easy to see how they would pinch a horse's mouth. I most likely only ever saw cheap Tom Thumbs, however. Can you recommend a good brand for me?
Nic, does it worse to put him on bit to show just once in year? He's already 25 years old and may not accept bit (well, I mean be happy with it). Is there any rules you can't show in hackamore (I mean the real one, not the one you are using right now, of course)? I guess it depends on show though.
It is a very casual county fair show. I actually was considering calling the judge of the show and asking her if I could show him in a hack or a bosal. I actually do not even care if I place.. it's more the experience that I like. Do you have a recommendation on a different hackamore for him?
What is the brand of your saddle?
The saddle is a Simco, model number 4037.
BTW, he looks great! Real-real arab like on paintings.
Thanks! He thinks he's 5 rather than 25.
One of his former owners went on and on about all the great and famous Arabs in his pedigree, but I judge a horse more meeting him "in person" rather than what it says on paper.
I honestly couldn't tell you what his background is without digging his three inch thick (at least) papers out and checking!
I love him to death, though. He was a stud for 17 years, and although I don't think he is exactly stud quality, he's definitely pretty.
Oh, and thank you also for the pad information/recommendations. I will definitely check that out. Vidaloco
, I really like that pad and especially the bit. I love how the bit is all in one piece on the sides so there isn't an opportunity for pinching. Thanks!
What type of cinch are you using?
I use Country Supply's "New Breed"
cinch. I use this on all of my horses and have had good results thus far. I have found that with smooth neoprene, slipping is a problem but with the more "pebbled" style, I haven't had trouble.
As far as the bit, whan was the last time he had his teeth checked?
He gets his teeth checked annually and he does still have his wolf teeth. They very well may be causing a problem which is why I've been hesitant to use a bit thus far. I may just stick with a hackamore and if I can't show him, I'll just continue using my QH. I just thought Royale might have a bit of fun in the ring. He's such a showoff. :roll: