04-30-2013, 05:22 PM
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Cowgirl, well, Snickers was treated badly with the bit by his first owners who intended to prepare him for sale - in three days time, by just see-sawing him with with a sharp bit while he was in a dire need for a float. Naturally, he developed an automatic resistance... Since then he's experienced a mild bit for a few times from the ground and once with a professional rider, then there was a long break and now I'm (with the guidance of my trainer) going to give him another look at how the bit works. Hopefully, he'll come to accept that it's not as bad as he thinks it is. He just had his teeth floated and he's been treated very kindly and patiently with his training, finally accepting contact in a bitless bridle, so I believe that the bit won't be much of a bother now. I especially looked for a "tasty" bit, with copper, also a french link, which, as I believe, is softer, and a filled one, so that he has a heavier feel in his mouth, not just something that's dangling around his teeth. I'll try it out tomorrow - just by putting on a bitted bridle on him and free lunging, so that he gets to play with the bit a little and gets comfortable with the feel.
The new place has actually been better than expected. The herd is really friendly and he's been blending in perfectly. The herd is being looked after well and Snickers had to be stalled overnight just for a couple of weeks - summer grazing has already started. Also, I've been enjoying the community and there's a chance to get quality jumping lessons by the BO for a reasonable price. All in all, I'm content and Snickers has been doing really well.
Sorry if there's any funny grammar mistakes tonight, I'm a little tipsy. :)