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    08-08-2012, 04:23 PM
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snaffle to start under saddle??

I have a 2 and a half year old colt who we are going to start under saddle soon. I have read everywhere that a snaffle is best to start colts with. So I went out and bought a d ring snaffle with the rubber that's around the mouthepiece. I don't know what its called lol. Was that a good move or not? What do you guys think about starting with that bit? I was told not to use an o ring because of it pinching.
     
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    08-08-2012, 04:45 PM
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A snaffle is the best thing to start a horse in yes, and I even recommend keeping them in one.
I start them with just halters and get them bending really nice and stopping/backing up with light pressure so that it will transfer to the bit.
Another reason you want to start with a snaffle is because they are meant for direct pressure - shanked bits are not. Shanked bits are designed for neck reining, though many people don't know this and use them anyway, most often when they feel they need a harsher bit. In this case, they should really consider going back to the snaffle and re-training the horse.
A snaffle will help with bending and turning. Shanked bits are meant to encourage collection on a very loose rein. In other words, meant for horses that have already been properly schooled in the snaffle and taught to neck rein and therefor listen well to the bit, not the other way around.
     
    08-08-2012, 05:17 PM
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Originally Posted by lilruffian    
A snaffle is the best thing to start a horse in yes, and I even recommend keeping them in one.
I start them with just halters and get them bending really nice and stopping/backing up with light pressure so that it will transfer to the bit.
Another reason you want to start with a snaffle is because they are meant for direct pressure - shanked bits are not. Shanked bits are designed for neck reining, though many people don't know this and use them anyway, most often when they feel they need a harsher bit. In this case, they should really consider going back to the snaffle and re-training the horse.
A snaffle will help with bending and turning. Shanked bits are meant to encourage collection on a very loose rein. In other words, meant for horses that have already been properly schooled in the snaffle and taught to neck rein and therefor listen well to the bit, not the other way around.
Okay, thanks so much! Do you think the bit I bought could be used for barrels? Or should I use a combo type bit for barrels? Oh or maybe I'll use the snaffle for everything except barrels, I've seen people do that. I don't know yet, but no need to rush. I mean heck, he's not even saddle broke yet! I'm getting way ahead of myself ;) lol
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    08-08-2012, 07:08 PM
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I've been out of the loop, training wise, for quite some time, but I used to start young horses in full cheek snaffles.
     
    08-08-2012, 08:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MeganJoey57    
Okay, thanks so much! Do you think the bit I bought could be used for barrels? Or should I use a combo type bit for barrels? Oh or maybe I'll use the snaffle for everything except barrels, I've seen people do that. I don't know yet, but no need to rush. I mean heck, he's not even saddle broke yet! I'm getting way ahead of myself ;) lol
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If you train him well so that he respects you and the bit, you should be able to use the snaffle for anything, including barrels. My older mare could run them in just a halter but that is because the people who trained her for them kept her soft in the mouth and sane in the mind.
     
    08-09-2012, 01:10 AM
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I recently started my 3 year old in a Full cheek snaffle. He absolutely loves it and I plan to keep him in it. He's going to be my next barrel racer and I plan on training and competing in the full cheek with him. I like the full cheek because if they start to act up and you have to add a bit more pressure to the rein you have less of a chance of pulling it through their mouth than with a d-ring or and o-ring. Also do a ton of bridle work on the ground first it really helps once you get into the saddle =)
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