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post #21 of 29 Old 04-20-2009, 09:07 PM
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Good analogy :]

I must say, no matter how strong my horse was, I wouldn't put this in their mouth... But that's just me. I had a horse who was strong as a steam train by everybody elses standards, but I figured him out through training and using a bit of reverse psychology. If I had of put one of these in his mouth, I think he would have killed me. I rode him in a myler comfort snaffle.

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post #22 of 29 Old 04-20-2009, 09:08 PM
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I went to a bit seminar where they told us that your inside arm is close in sensation to a horse's mouth. So if you put a bit so it's laying over your inner elbow and pull it from the back, you'll get a feel of what it's like for the horse. Definetely keeps you light handed!

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post #23 of 29 Old 04-20-2009, 09:16 PM
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I do agree with you, WS. When I was younger and very impressionable, my trainer had me ride my gelding in a single twisted wire - I regret it big time. It wasn't for long and I had him back in a french link.. I still cringe at the picture where you can see the small wire attachment to the ring.
At least I have good hands... *sigh*


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About the only good thing to come out of that experience, I bet :]

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post #25 of 29 Old 04-20-2009, 10:15 PM
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I had good hands going into using that ugly thing... even more respect for it afterwards!


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post #26 of 29 Old 04-20-2009, 11:06 PM
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It;s sad how many people don't understand the correlation with what your hands do andthe pain a horse can feel via the bit.

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post #27 of 29 Old 04-20-2009, 11:30 PM
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One way to find out - put it in your mouth!


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post #28 of 29 Old 04-20-2009, 11:52 PM
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When I was a junior staff, a girl there put a stick in my mouth (lol!) to demostrate the action of a bit. Ouchie.

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post #29 of 29 Old 04-21-2009, 12:33 AM
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Of course, keeping in mind that horses eat hay - ouch - and some (Denny included) love thistles, so it's not exactly as they feel it.


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