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    02-23-2008, 11:48 PM
Green Broke
Since your horse is used to the French linked snaffle I would try a double linked Argentine or a Billy Allen bit. Then once she gets the idea move to a low or medium ported curb with short shanks
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    02-24-2008, 03:04 PM
Originally Posted by Equina
I guess the best method that was mentioned is to buy 200 bits and try them until one is perfect!
Yea, that's what most people do.
    02-24-2008, 08:15 PM
Green Broke
For the cost of 200 bits you could by a finished performance horse and a bit for it
    02-24-2008, 11:59 PM
Originally Posted by mlkarel2010
For the cost of 200 bits you could by a finished performance horse and a bit for it
Well naturally I wasn't endorsing it... nevermind.

I don't really see the big deal here. If it looks nasty and mean to you, don't use it. The nutcracker effect, yea it's a problem to be avoided, so just use common sense. It's a piece of metal in your horses mouth that is 75% identical to the last bit you used. Your horse will become accustomed over time and so will you.
    02-25-2008, 02:22 AM
Originally Posted by tim
I don't really see the big deal here. If it looks nasty and mean to you, don't use it.
Thanks for that, Tim. I guess maybe I am over-analyzing! I'm sure if I put something that isn't "nasty and mean" on my horse, he'll be fine. If he freaks out, then heck, I'll sell it on eBay! I always ride with really soft hands and with the more droopy reins in Western, I probably won't have any direct contact with the bit anyways!

We did some more neck reining today and my boy did great! He was a little spooky at something all afternoon, which made him really responsive. I think he must have been trained to neck rein before I bought him (maybe years back) because he is catching on very quickly!
    02-25-2008, 09:53 PM
Green Broke
You probably won't have a lot to worry about in that case... being able to neck rein helps a lot!!

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