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  • Using different bits to train a horse in multiple disciplines
  • Multiple bits

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    10-12-2011, 03:57 PM
Folks, it's about time to calm down and get back on track to the original question.
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    10-12-2011, 04:04 PM
I agree that there is nothing wrong with using multiple bits for the same horse. I have several myself that ride in different bits. One example, my semi-retired reining mare at home, on the trail or with a lesson student rides in a 3 pc. Snaffle, showing speed events she goes in a hack, in the reining pen she rides in a shanked bit w/a port. It's not to cover up holes in training, it's different bits for different uses.

I (and most will) completely agree with you buck on the point of not bitting up to cover up holes in training. I don't believe that to be the case with the OP. Her horse is shown in multiple disciplines, more than one bit makes sense.
    10-14-2011, 01:38 AM
There is nothing wrong with using different bits for diff purposes, I like to think it makes a horse get into whatever sort of groove he is supposed to be in.
I have my old guy in three diff bits, a rubber covered dee ring for speed events, a regular snaffle loose ring for working cattle, trails etc, and a short shanked bit for showing. I work lots of my young ones in a different bit for doing cow work, compared to just putzing around at home. And when I say different I mean like loose ring compared to french link eggbutt. Helps the horse know what its job will be that day from when you put that bit in its mouth. I think you are fine with using diff bits!
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