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  • Going back to basics retraining for horse
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    10-11-2010, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
snaffle bit question

Okey so I am taking my horse back to a snaffle as he needs to be brought back to the basics so I was wondering what id your preferd snaffle I have an O ring Dring and a lady we ride with recommended a full cheek because that is what she starts/rides all her barrel horses in. So I was just looking for some opinions
Oh and I do have a trainer
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    10-11-2010, 08:25 PM
I love Eggbutt or D-ring with frenchlink mouth or cooper rollers. However, the full cheek works very well on horses who need that little bit extra turning action. My least favorite are loose rings because they can pinch the lips and I find they are easily pulled through the mouth.
    10-12-2010, 06:26 PM
Green Broke
I like loose rings the most. In my experience all my horses have gone better in loose rings. Saying that, I am going to use a full-cheek for my young one for a couple of weeks to help to teach turning.

Also, I only use double jointed snaffles. Less and less people are using the single joints as they have a pinching action and can jab the horse in the roof of the mouth.
    10-12-2010, 08:22 PM
Green Broke
Thank you guys!!
This is the snaffle I put on him yesterday and he went fairly well in it considering he has a rough stop that we have been working on it went really well he was fairly responsive to it and only tried to run off once . He really surprised me with flexing at his pull and turning off my leg (often he gets so busy with the bit that he completely ignors my leg)

But I asked my dad if he could buy me a full cheek anyways
    10-12-2010, 08:27 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by NorthernLights    
My least favorite are loose rings because they can pinch the lips and I find they are easily pulled through the mouth.
This is why bit guards were invented. They help prevent both.
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    10-12-2010, 08:33 PM
Green Broke
Thats why I have them on that bit :] that isnt him though that's my old horse.
I have also rode him in this bit it has the copper rollers
    10-12-2010, 08:34 PM
Green Broke
Oops I meant I have rode him in this bit and theres another with copper rollers lol I got side tracked. The one with copper rollers is almost identical though
    10-12-2010, 09:07 PM
Green Broke
I didn't really finish my post, did I?

Loose rings are my favorite, they encourage a horse to soften. However, if you want to focus turning then go for a full cheek. Also, I like double-jointed snaffles the best.
Oh, and kudos for going back to basics!
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    10-12-2010, 09:15 PM
I like eggbutts for retraining basics, personally
    10-12-2010, 09:38 PM
My personal favorite is a loose ring. I just like the way that they feel better than a fixed ring like you get in eggbutts/D/full cheek. However, fitting is much more important with them and you certainly don't want to have one that is too small because it will pinch their lips horribly. I always use a curb strap with my loose rings just to prevent them from being pulled through the mouth.

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