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post #11 of 14 Old 11-15-2012, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the help. It been hard trying to find a decent curb bit that doesn't cost an arm and a leg up here in Ontario, and most of the tack shops in my area are English anyway which makes it super hard lol.
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-15-2012, 09:57 PM
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I second everything that appyt posted. IMHO, whether a horse readily accepts the transition from snaffle to curb greatly depends on how it's introduced.

I love browsing Amazon's bit selection, they have thousands, some of which are awesome and I really want to try them and others make you cringe, but they've got a bigger selection than any other online store. I don't know about anyone else but I've never had any luck finding anything I liked in an actual tack store. They tend to either have the really cheap crappy bits or super harsh bits and I don't want either of those types.

Here are a few good bits that are starter bits for a horse just moving up from a snaffle. While you're deciding what bit you want to try, get your horse started on learning to neck rein well if he doesn't already. The transition will go a lot smoother if he already has at least the basics of that down. And, realistically, from a training standpoint, you shouldn't even attempt to transition up until he neck reins decently.


And here is another link to the one that appyt pictured above (which I also use and like a lot)

I also really like the looks of this bit and plan to buy one soon to try it. I know that another member here, Cowchick77 really likes the square ported bits like this.
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-16-2012, 09:18 AM Thread Starter
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I know what you mean. I've people try to start a baby right away in a Tom Thumb, not pretty. Sox, the horse, has been started on neck reining, it's a little sticky but he's picked it up offley quickly. I don't mean to start him in this bit as soon I get it, I plan to get all the basics down over the winter months and than start him in a curb in the spring.
I don't know an offle lot about western type bits, but I really like the look of the Francois Gauthier bit.
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post #14 of 14 Old 11-16-2012, 06:46 PM
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That's the bit that I use on my really sensitive Mustang and he likes it a lot.
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