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        02-23-2008, 10:48 PM
      #31
    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, 02:04 PM
      #32
    tim
    Weanling
    Quote:
    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, 07:15 PM
      #33
    Green Broke
    For the cost of 200 bits you could by a finished performance horse and a bit for it
         
        02-24-2008, 10:59 PM
      #34
    tim
    Weanling
    Quote:
    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, 01:22 AM
      #35
    Weanling
    Quote:
    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, 08:53 PM
      #36
    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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