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post #1 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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What bit do you use for H/J?

My horse has been getting carried away at the canter lately.We get going and then all of a sudden she'll start to go faster and when I pull back and try to slow her down or stop her she pulls her head forward towards the ground and plows along. There have been a few times that I didn't think I was going to be able to stop her. She has started doing it more now so my trainer and I are thinking we need to change her bit. Right now she has a d-ring snaffle but we are going to try a few other ones to see if anything works better. What kind of bits do you guys use for H/J? Has anyone else had their horse act like this? I want to be sure what I use is legal in the show ring because if she does this at home I know she will do it in the ring.
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 05:57 PM
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if she is rushing while ur cantering to do jumping, you need to go back to trotting and if she starts to rush the fence let her jump it and immediately stop her rt after the fence and also do a circle before the fence, it has nothing to do with the bit, it's all about the training. A lot of the time they'll rush at the canter because they have to use theyre but muscles more to get over the fence so she may be doing that bc she's not strong enough. But you don't want to change the bit if you can help it esp if they go well in it at other gaits

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post #3 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 06:23 PM
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I use a sweet iron eggbutt snaffle with copper inlay on my gelding who sometimes gets strong. His mouth has really softened up and he responds extremely well in it.
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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She isn't just rushing at some jumps. When she gets angry because she has to canter more than she thinks she should, she starts to go faster and then as I pull back and try to slow her and/or stop her, she lowers her head and barrels around the arena. And your halt after a jump thing is great if she actually stops. I'll try to halt her after a jump I know she is going to run through and it makes her go faster and she won't stop.I know this is her being poorly behaved but I need a stronger bit to give me some leverage.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 07:24 PM
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I would recomend practing half halts at a walk, trot, and then canter. Get her really listening before you canter or even try a jump. Plus I would try putting snaffle with shanks on. But I don't think you should put much more then that in her. My one horse used to shove her head down in the dirt and canter after the jump and I would practicly be pulled out of the saddle. So as soon as I would feel her head going down I would pull straight up. Plus make sure that you are giving enough when your riding, b/e she could be doing it to try to recorrect her balence. Or possible it is a back issue. (sorry so long) best of luck

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post #6 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 07:50 PM
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If it is just a behavioral thing maybe you can try this. When she drops her head and starts to gallop off, sit back as much as you can, lift your hands straight up so the bit isn't pulling back in her mouth but up, she should stop. Then back her up, make her stand calmly, and start again, walk, trot, canter, and if she takes off, do it again. She should learn quick that changing from canter to gallop means a very uncomfortable stop and backing up so cantering nicely until asked is a better option.
Then also make sure you aren't boring her to death with podgy little canter circles, round and round in an arena. Maybe take her out to a field and let her loose a little and do a controlled gallop with her occasionally, if you aren't already :) It can be alot of fun for the both of you to just relax and not worry about the show ring.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 09:12 PM
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An eggbutt snaffle usually. ;) I'd do lots of half-halts & circles.

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post #8 of 15 Old 09-15-2008, 10:59 PM
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Sounds like a training issue, not a bit issue.


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post #9 of 15 Old 09-16-2008, 01:33 AM
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Depends on the horse I ride. I will need something a lot stronger for my mare because of her size but most horses I have shown have been ridden in a D-ring snaffle or a loose ring. The snaffles just show that the horse is a lot more supple to the aids than if he/she plows around the ring in your typical *cough* bits. Won't post it since everyone knows what I'm talking. My biggest pet peeve.

Anyways, I think it really depends on what, as a rider you are comfortable riding in.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-16-2008, 09:55 AM
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but make sure not to stop her and make her back up in front of the jumps, that can cause stopping and refusing jumps so b careful with that

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