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post #1 of 33 Old 10-10-2011, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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Using Too Many Bits?

My horse has three bits assigned to him: Pehlem, Full Bridle, Argintine(sp) Snaffle.

The full bridle (lowport pehlem- bradoon) Is our most used, We're avid saddleseat folk. And I mostly use the Argintine(sp) snaffle for none serious riding (trail/knock-around stuff) And Pehlem for hunter classes/our extremly low level jumping. But I could use all three in one day (depending on the show or whos riding my horse)

Am I using too many bits? What could be my side effects of using so many at once?

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post #2 of 33 Old 10-10-2011, 08:02 PM
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I feel as though a bit is not a fix or correction to a problem what ever it may be. If you need that many different bits it leads me to think that there are holes in your training and maybe you should go back to the basics.
Why are you using three different bits.
I use a thin snaffle and that is it.
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post #3 of 33 Old 10-10-2011, 08:42 PM
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I guess it depends if your horse can ride in just a snaffle and he's fine but you need a little more leverage or something for shows I guess it's alright. I ride my boy in a Dring snaffle for pretty much everything but when we show we warm up in the snaffle and run in a short shank dog bone jr working cowhorse bit because I need that little extra lift that the snaffle doesn't provide.

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post #4 of 33 Old 10-10-2011, 08:46 PM
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I think if he works good in those bits, then fine!

I work my mare in many, MANY bits. We event, so I use a different bit for each phase.
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I agree with vanilla, if you use different bits for different things then he will cope just fine.

If you are constantly swapping out bits to try and find the right one, then something is wrong.
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post #6 of 33 Old 10-11-2011, 01:22 PM
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"bigger/stronger bits are used to compensate for the uneducated hands operating the reins or lack of good horsemanship skills."

If your horse doesn't respond to your aides that doesn't mean that you move up to a stronger bit, because eventually your going to run out of bits. You should step back down to a snaffle and re-evaluate your horses training. There is no shame in going back to the basics and re-training your horse.

"Horses are so sensitive that they can feel a fly land on their skin. They can feel and understand a mild bit if the rider knows how to use it."

I trained my 2 yr old in a snaffle and that is all he's needed because I took the time to get him soft and respectful to the bit.

Yes I did quote some because I'm terrible at wording things but here is the article I was reading and I absolutely agree with it.
Bits Do Not Control Horses

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post #7 of 33 Old 10-11-2011, 01:50 PM
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All of those bits have specific purposes. It's been awhile since I showed saddleseat, but the double bridle is pretty much par for the course, isn't it? I see no problem at all, presuming the bits are being used appropriately.
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post #8 of 33 Old 10-11-2011, 02:36 PM
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Nope, you don't have too many bits. Obviously your horse is pretty well trained. I'll bet you change bridles w/bits, like I do, so you don't have to take any apart. A young horse should be schooled with something simple, like a basic snaffle, but you make everything simple for them so that they acclimate to a routine that keeps them calm and listening. I used different tack for different disciplines on all of my school horses, and they had no problem with it.
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post #9 of 33 Old 10-11-2011, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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I feel better now! I was told I was Ruining my horse by using so many.

I'll bet you change bridles w/bits, like I do, so you don't have to take any apart.

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PS My boy/Me are very well trained- But He has developed a bit of a popping (straight up) motion going into the canter- Which was the cause of an extremly snooty girl telling me I'm ruining him...

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post #10 of 33 Old 10-11-2011, 06:20 PM
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No the problem is covering up problems with stronger bits.
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