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post #71 of 77 Old 05-19-2013, 11:01 PM
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Just for interest sakes.....this is a very impressive bridle horse, even though the rider doesn't have a draped rein - notice how that horse works of the neck rein pretty much the whole time? I'd die and go to heaven if I could ride a horse like this!!!

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post #72 of 77 Old 05-19-2013, 11:12 PM
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I never get tired of that video, I think that horse is pretty handy :)
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post #73 of 77 Old 05-20-2013, 08:48 AM
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That is an amazing video. When you look at how soft, responsive and unrestricted that horse moves you realize that a long/draped rein does not essentially = light hands and riding on a short rein that appears to have a lot of contact doesn't actually mean you're hanging on the horses mouth. I think that's something many people don't realize
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I love watching his videos! Those two are obviously a TEAM!
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Good ole CW, he uses the fear and pain methods. So while his techniques are unsavory, what does it say about the customers who use him? Both are to blame.

The bits in the first post...I've used them on my WP horse. Here's a pic below....happy little relaxed camper just jogging along. But notice the drape in my rein.

And I've shown him on an even longer drape! He has a big bit in his mouth, but all it takes in some lower leg from me and a one inch raise of my had, and he makes adjustments. That slightest raise doesn't even begin bit rotation in his mouth...but what it does is....he can feel the change in the rein, and that's his cue.

I can make the simplest snaffle harsh if I want too. So a bit is a bit....just depends on the training level of the horse and rider.
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post #76 of 77 Old 05-20-2013, 10:28 PM
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A traditional california spade bit horse will work more like the Spanish doma vaquero horse in the video than a western pleasure horse. There is the speed of the Spanish style but with a looser rein.
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post #77 of 77 Old 05-21-2013, 04:56 AM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
Here are a couple of pictures of my favorite bit to show how it moves:

Hmmm...looks like the bit needs a bath!
I like that bit ! It looks heaps better than a snaffle !

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think,
The wise reject what they think, not what they see.
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