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post #1 of 4 Old 05-30-2011, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Young horse just not listening to the bit?

Hi there....

I'm having a difficult time with my young loan pony she was backed last summer (with her owner) and clearly hasn't had much time being ridden without someone walking with her. she can get very nappy and upset without someone walking with her this isn't all the time but she can get very full on, and just doesn't listen to the bit even when she is with someone or is going fine she doesn't listen to the bit it's hard to stop whilst walking... i've had three other riders ride and confirm this... when i got her she was in a rubber straight loose ring snaffle bit which honestly was like riding with zero brakes... i then put her in a fulmer jointed snaffle (with fulmer loops) which helped a little but just isn't right...

she likes to lean on the bit and just ignore it completely...

i was thinking if maybe a hanging cheek snaffle?

help?? : )
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post #2 of 4 Old 06-06-2011, 11:38 AM
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I used a full cheek snaffle with my brother's mouth stubborn mare. Check the teeth too though. I also used a noseband under the bridle so they can't open the mouth wide enough to ignore the bit. Hope that helps.
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-06-2011, 04:16 PM
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Changing the bit before she understands what it means isnt going to help the situation, she was not ever taught how to give to the bit properly in the first place and needs no one on her back before she is taught this. This is how people get hurt, not to mention causing more problems for the horse. Should check out david lee archer's videos on this issue on youtube. He has some good ideas.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-08-2011, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there, thanks for the help... i've tried her in a french link half cheek, which shes going wonderfully in i think it was the nutcracker action of the jointed snaffle that she didn't like to much... also spoke to her owner about what she trained her to do and turns out she trained by voice, now ir's just a matter of putting the voice and action together... i forget people train their horses differently! didn't have this problem with my youngster and he was mouthed before being backed.. i think it might be time to get the long reins out... Again :)
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