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post #1 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 05:51 PM Thread Starter
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Question What bit should i use???

My horse has allways grown up with a curb bit and we have never had to change it until our county fair. She was trained to ride with two hands but when we showed in western plesure we were told to use one hand. (we didn't do so well) so my question is... Should I change my bit to something else and if yes what? Or do I train my horse how to understand one handed.

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post #2 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 05:56 PM
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The bit is not so much what allows you to ride one handed... it's how well your horse responds to neck reining and moving off the pressure of the rein against their neck and/or your leg.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Well my horse caught on sorta fast when I was in the western pleasure ring. But, after that we talked to the judge and she said that when you have a curb bit it is required for you to ride 1 handed!

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post #4 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 06:21 PM
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Yes, I am familiar with that rule and it makes sense. A curb bit is not appropriate for side to side contact, only straight back. It is a leverage bit and does not have any flexibility. When you pull on just one side, you torque the whole bit in the horse's mouth.

You need a more thorough understanding of how bits are meant to function. I suggest reading this thread. It is geared a little bit more for english riders, but most of this material translates to western riding as well. Bit Information (Snaffle and English-Type Bits)
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 06:27 PM
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It's not so much the bit you need to 'change' but teaching your horse to neck rein...depending on the horse's age, and the 'level' you are at your shows, you could switch back to a snaffle in order that you can ride two handed. But I would be working on neck reining if your horse listens to her current bit fine.

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post #6 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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I have looked at this one before lol and it was very helpful thank you I will have to go out and see if I can find a bit that would work. But just one more thing So there are these english/snaffle bits are mainly broken in half right? And then there are the curb bits but do they have something like a nonbroken snaffle bit? Sorta like a curb bit??

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post #7 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 06:41 PM
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They do, but the broken bits are what's better for side to side direction. If you want to ride two-handed, you should do it with a broken snaffle.

As we've said, you can keep your current bit if you ride one handed and work on neck reining.
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-26-2010, 07:29 PM
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You need to work in a snaffle until your horse knows how to neck rein. Curbs are not made for two handed reining. Is there a particular reason you want a solid mouthpiece over a broken one?

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post #9 of 9 Old 07-28-2010, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks I have tried 1 handed and she seemed to catch on very fast so I think I will try that.
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