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post #1 of 7 Old 10-12-2011, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question What bit should I use?

Hey everyone :)
What bit should I use on my pony? He's 13.3hh and is 5 years old. He can get a bit excitable and he does rear, pigroot and cow kick, but I have changed into a bitless bridle which resolved everything but the pigrooting. And now your probably wondering, why are you asking what bit you should use then? Well, I still need to use a bitted bridle for pony club, sporting club and shows, because most don't allow bitless bridles. And since my pony is young, he can get quite naughty, strong and stubborn when we are riding out of our property. So I am looking for a kind bit that would give me control but not hurt my horses mouth. Thanks everyone :)
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-12-2011, 11:51 PM
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If he won't work in a simple snaffle I suggest a short-shank rubber/happy mouth pelham. This allows you to ride more or less 90 per cent on the snaffle rein, and should your horse become out of hand, you can bring him back using a bit of the curb rein. :)
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-13-2011, 12:56 AM
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If you can't keep solid control of him in a regular snaffle bit, then the pony needs more training. There is no majikal, cure-all bit that will correct his problems.
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-13-2011, 01:07 AM
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I second what smrobs said.

If it is holes in training, work on the snaffle.

Also, have you ruled out teeth problems already?

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-13-2011, 01:53 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks FreeDestiny :) I will try that :) and smrobs and SorrelHorse, I can control him :) And he hasn't had a dentist check in about a year so it might be time for a check-up soon... Anyway, thanks for your help guys :)
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-13-2011, 01:56 AM
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Not to sound snarky, but if he rears, pigroots, and gets strong and stubborn whenever he's not in a place he's comfortable with, then you don't have good control over him and he needs training.

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-13-2011, 06:20 AM
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Lovees, being abe to control him and just being able to sit his antics are two very different things. You are getting ahead of yourself by trying to bit him up. Step back and begin from the beginning in his training. He is way too young to start the downward trend of harsher and harsher bits. Have his back checked out for pain and saddle fit as well.

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