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    04-13-2013, 05:42 PM
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Yearling
The gentlest bit is?

So, I was wondering after the baby is born what bit should I be using on sunshine? When my kids have been riding her we have just been using a halter and lead as reins. But, I would like a little more stop to something. We have a hackmore do you think this would be ok or should I go with a bit?
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    04-13-2013, 05:49 PM
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Yearling
This question is really a matter of opinion but most people consider a French link snaffle as the gentlest bit.
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    04-14-2013, 01:09 AM
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Yearling
It depends on the horse honestly. Try a hack, if she does good use it. Or... try a bit, starting with a snaffle and if she does good then go with it. Its ultimately your choice and preference.

Some horses do better in certain bits or bitless rather than bitted but I believe if you have a truly respectful horse that it shouldn't matter what you ride in; Unless of course they just don't know and havent had the training, for example if they don't know how to yield to bit pressure, you can't expect it and they will likely try and fight it. You have to prepare her first and give her the tools to succeed. If you personally have not taught her something, don't assume she knows it. You need to get her responsive to the bridle pressure from the ground and teach her what to expect before you demand it.

As long as she is well prepared then you can use what you prefer

Exception to the rule is certain disciplines use different bits, etc... but the main point being a truly respectful horse with appropriate training can be ridden in anything

Good luck and Im glad to hear you and the kids are having fun with her
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    04-14-2013, 01:41 AM
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Double jointed oval mouths (also called a lozenge) tend to be the gentlest type of mouthpiece. They are milder than french links (normally) because of the rounder mouth piece.

If your horse has a big mouth, high palate, especially with a small tongue, thick mouthpieces will be milder because of the bigger surface area where the bit touches the horses mouth. If your horse has a low palate and/or big tongue, a thicker mouthpiece will be more severe as it wont fit the horses mouth as well, a slight movement of the rein and it moves into the horses tongue or bars.
     
    04-14-2013, 01:44 AM
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I don't know why a hackamore is thought of as being gentle, really. Of all bitless, I think it's the kindest, but I don't really deem it as gentle.

I agree with Gaming, a french link snaffle - or a rubber snaffle.
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    04-14-2013, 11:29 AM
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Yearling
I know a hack can be gentle, I think it depends on your hands. And for lessons with children no I don't think it will be gentle. Well, I'll be out searching at the stores this week for something. She turns well with pressure from legs. And she stops well with halter only.
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