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post #11 of 12 Old 06-13-2009, 10:34 PM
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Perhaps the combo of the bit AND added leverage (or possibly addition of different pressure points) of the hackamore is what the horse needs. The rider probably isn't going around the ring going ok, I'm going to use my snaffle here... ooh, getting a little strong so I'll use my hackamore rein here... I imagine that horse is probably a more powerful horse and doesn't respond as well to just a bit alone.

Nutty saddler- I've seen ALL types, those that go well in strange get ups, those that are crazy, those that are amazing with their specialized contraptions, those that aren't. These horses aren't bred and trained to be taken on a leisurely walk through the woods. They are bred and trained to be very power very athletic and have the fight to win. Sometimes they go very very well in the weird contraptions. And sometimes just because they look wierd doesn't mean that they're harsh or that the horse is trained poorly. A mikmar for example is a strange looking bit, but can be very very effective and not necessariliy harsh.

I love the quote MIEventer posted from David O'Conner. Ideally every horse should be able to at least hack in a snaffle. But you use what you need, within limits, to get the job done when you're showing. (in educated hands). I've been surprised by many a jumper whose personality changed when they went into the show ring! Just because they're sweet and soft at home doesn't mean they will be when you walk into that starting gate...
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-13-2009, 10:47 PM
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Nelson is an amazing horse at home, and when we get to a show, he is all game. I ride at home and compete in a Myler Level 1 - BUT when I Fox Hunt, attend Champain Rides, Hunter Paces - any scenario with large groups....that's a whole other story.

I have to use a 3 ring elevator on him - he is 18 turning 2 out in big scenario's like that - put 10 to 30 horses into the picture, plus 10 - 20 hounds, bugles blowing and people all over the place going in the direction the hounds take you.

OH! And don't forget to add in all those CC Jumps that are out on all those trails ranging from 2'9" - 3'6" in height.

He becomes a very powerful, strong horse out in those very large gatherings and I have to use something with a little more oomph to control him - either that or we'll be going over fences I don't want. He says "either you're coming with me, or without me - so hold on or get off"

So, I totally understand and agree with what you are saying upnover - totally.
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