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post #1 of 13 Old 03-17-2009, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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I am at a loss as to which bit to use on my mare. I had her in a training sweet iron snaffle with copper in-lays and it wasn't getting much response.
(my wording is awful so please bare with me).
I then moved onto a twisted snaffle (not twisted wire), but I am still having issues getting her to turn and give to the bit. I do use leg as I am turning or asking her to back, but when it comes the bit's turn to do some of the work, I get nothing. For a 5 year old she has a pretty hard mouth.

Any suggestions?!? I am at a complete loss!We ride western, by the way
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How long has this been going on? Does the bit seem to bother her when you aren't touching it? When you ask her to turn with the bit, what does she do?

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No, the bit doesn't bother her, but in when I ask her to turn, I have to use a lot of pull (even when I am following through with my leg) and asking her to drop her head is hard!
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Hum.... I am not one to tell you to move up to a harsher bit being that it sounds like she is still pretty green. You could try a heavier bit like an egg but snaffle this may help out with her lowering her head. Are you direct reining her?

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post #5 of 13 Old 03-17-2009, 03:48 PM
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Going to a harsher bit will only put a band-aid over the problem.

I would put her in a simple snaffle or french link (depending on her mouth conformation, I personally prefer double jointed bits, as do most horses, but some prefer a mullen mouth or single joint) and fix the hole that is in the horse's training.

Are her teeth okay? Does her saddle fit? Does her bridle fit?
Please have a professional assess this. Unless you are an equine dentist or professional saddle fitter, chances are you can't just eyeball these things.

You could switch to a harsher bit... and mask the problem, for now... then problems will arise later on, and you'll have to switch bits again... and again... and again. Turning to a harsher bit is a quick fix, it doesn't solve the problem.


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Just to add... it sounds like you are just focusing on where the horse's head is rather than working on the horse rounding and suppling, which will create a TRUE headset.


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post #7 of 13 Old 03-17-2009, 04:13 PM
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In no way did I say to go to a harsh bit. An eggbut is not harsh it has a large heavy snaffle. I do agree with Just, in that you need to look at the whole picture. Teeth, equipment etc..

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I was responding to the OP asking about going to a harsher bit.. not you :)


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haha. Ok sorry ; )

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post #10 of 13 Old 03-17-2009, 05:42 PM
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OH!! And you might want to consider using a full cheek or d-ring cheek... that will add a little lateral pressure to the opposite side of the mouth.


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