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post #1 of 12 Old 02-18-2012, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid Bit and Blanket questions

But hey if you can't remember you gotta ask right?

Bits, I know that Ben's bit is to small for him, I've been trying on everything that I have here, and the one that does best is a 6" mullen mouth pelham, but that won't do for everyday use.

Now stupid question, the 6" solid mouth piece allows just the tip of my little finger between his lip and the cheek piece, now deep in the recess of my mind I think that you measure differently for a jointed bit rather than a solid bit, is that right? I want to get a french link eggbutt snaffle for him so is it a 6"he needs.

Blankets..

What is the correct order to do all the straps, when putting on and taking off. I usually start at the front, and do chest straps, then leg straps and then the belly straps, but I think that is the wrong order. I know I was taught right at one time, but I can't remember
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Not sure about the bit question; I didn't know there was a difference in measuring solid vs. jointed.

As for blanketing, I do the chest buckles, then the belly straps, then the leg straps. If it's the kind that goes over the head and neck with no chest buckles, I do the belly guard and then the leg straps.
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I would have an educated guess that you'd stick with the 6" if your getting a new bit... but just to save any hassle if your buying it online or from a local shop just make sure your can get it changed for the next size up or down.. just incase. I didnt realise there was an order for ondoing the straps on your rug lol iv never given it any thought before but thinking about it now I just tend to start at the chest and work my way down..
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Heres a stupid question.. the weather in Ireland at the mo is crap.. 0/3 degrees/snow/hail/rain/wind all at the one go, so iv put the rug on my 2yr old so he doesnt get a dose but him been a big baby and not realising its keeping him warm keeps managing to get it over his head and then proceeds to tramp the quilted bit into the muck and then he charges of bucking delighted with himself... and then 5mins later runs over to me moaning and shivering looking at his scoaking rug! how to I keep it on the we bugger without having to glue it down lol .. its a masta, so decent brand, 2 large buckles at the chest, cross surcingles .. I dont have them 2tight.. you can fit a hand with a bita room between the strap and his belly, has the cross leg straps and a tail strap.. am at a lose.. hes like 1 of those people that can get out of a straight jacket lol... btw the buckles are still clipped on when I find the rug
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Rug straps - when putting on, start at the front. When taking off, start at the back. That way, if your horse should move half-way through while you have hold of the rug, it won't end up with a scary rug trapped round it's back legs.

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Heres a stupid question.. the weather in Ireland at the mo is crap.. 0/3 degrees/snow/hail/rain/wind all at the one go, so iv put the rug on my 2yr old so he doesnt get a dose but him been a big baby and not realising its keeping him warm keeps managing to get it over his head and then proceeds to tramp the quilted bit into the muck and then he charges of bucking delighted with himself... and then 5mins later runs over to me moaning and shivering looking at his scoaking rug! how to I keep it on the we bugger without having to glue it down lol .. its a masta, so decent brand, 2 large buckles at the chest, cross surcingles .. I dont have them 2tight.. you can fit a hand with a bita room between the strap and his belly, has the cross leg straps and a tail strap.. am at a lose.. hes like 1 of those people that can get out of a straight jacket lol... btw the buckles are still clipped on when I find the rug
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Iam so tempted lol I got him this rug for his we christmas pressie lol and he has it ruined, it was a goregous sky blue and now its the deepest shade of muck lol
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What is the correct order to do all the straps, when putting on and taking off. I usually start at the front, and do chest straps, then leg straps and then the belly straps, but I think that is the wrong order. I know I was taught right at one time, but I can't remember
What's the difference? I usually do in any order I find to be convenient for me at the moment. Logically I'd think the safest would be front, sides, back.

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AGhhhh what it is to have a brain full of rubbish and can only remember little bits of what could be important stuff.

Val, the difference is a safety issue from what I remember, I need to go dig through ancient history and find an answer
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ETA...found it already, British Horse Society Exams say..

When doing rugs up it is entirely a safety thing - you do the straps up first that hold the rug most securely, so if the horse bucks etc mid fastening, you don't end up with the rug over its head / round it's legs etc. The correct oder is surcingles, front straps, then fillet string or leg straps. To take off, it is the reverse.
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GH,

There's a bunch of young horses where I board (mine included) so I take the blanket and fold it in half by bringing the tail end up to the front end. Then fold it in half again this time lengthwise by bringing the right half over to the left. So I now have a somewhat manageable size, stand at the left shoulder set the blanket on and unfold it over the horse's shoulder. Then slowly walk towards the rear of the horse unfolding it over it's rear.

Then the middle straps, the chest and then the leg straps. On the really ancyish ones who haven't been blanketed much, I take the legs straps off completely before blanketing and only attach them as I put them on as dangling leg straps seem to be what sets off the *OMG gotta panic and run now* reaction.

We blanket and unblanket so much around here as the weather can never make up it's mind that by mid-winter, most of the horse are fine with sling the blanket at them and do it up. It's the few "special" ones....
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