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post #1 of 6 Old 05-15-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Abused geldings one head shy! Do I use a bit, bosal, bitless, hackamore? Need advice

Hi All,

Ok, well I allready told you a bit about these two boys, and wow in just a few days they have really really come around. They follow use around like puppy dogs, and have spoked a few time on walks on the trail, but they are really are starting to trust us. I am looking to back then in a month or so and hit the trail, do some day trips and camping with them (I dont ever train or work a horse in a arena, and they are both said to be broke).

Anyways this post is about bit or bitless options. I want ok stopping power, I dont think they are bolters, but one is a bucker. I am well informed on all forms of bitless options ie, bosal hackamore, mechanical hackamore, sidepulls (own one), rope halter hackamore, bitless bridle, indian rope nose thing (not sure what that ones called). In the past I have worked on horses using a curb bit and have used a sliding ring snaffle (think that the right name?). I dont want anything to harsh, and I know a lot depends on the riders hands, and I never ride with any kind of contact, I use words, my seat and legs before I use pressure on the face.

So please post up pics, and descriptions of some options and how you liked how it worked for you. I am thinking I would like to go with a bitless option, but am open to the ideas of a bit.
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I use a mechanical hackamore, bits just don't really go well with my horse, he's not focused on me, but on the thing in his mouth. The shorter shanks are a little bit nicer than some of the other hackamores, but I recently rode bareback in one of the not so nice models, at least IMO, and it took even less effort on my part to get results out of my horse. I'm thinking of getting one eventually, but that's after I start riding again.

As for "bitless bridles" I've heard lots of reviews on them, and besides being way overpriced, they're kind of a love it or hate it thing---on the horses part, not on the riders part. I'd be careful going this route and make sure that you try them pretty soon after you buy one, just in case you need to return it.

There are lots of debates on bitless options on this forum, do a search for "hackamore" or "bitless" and see what comes up!
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Oooo, and I like this style of bit as I would love to have rigging with slobber straps, so it I do get bucked I will still have a lead in my belt, and for ease of getting on and off on the trail. Are there bitless options what would let me use slobber straps?




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I don't think so.....most of the bitless bridles use a pulley design that kind of have the look of slobber straps.



See how it makes an "x" under the chin? When you pull on one rein, it creates pressure on the opposite side of the face, and pressure under the chin like a curb strap, and if you pull hard enough significant pressure on the poll. The part that attaches to the reins kind of looks like a slobber strap.

However, I would NOT attach yourself permanently to a horse. Thats a good way to get killed, IMO.
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LOL thanks, I know how a bitless brible works, but I am considering other options to.. However one being so head shy I am not sure that would be a good option for him...

And I would not tie myself to a horse...when you slip the lead through you belt you fold it in half and just tuck it in, if I fall and the horse bolts I will simply pull out and there gone with me sitting on my bum But it does give you a few more seconds to get your hands on the lead
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I think the bit you posted looks good and is basically what I use on every horse I train until I'm sure they are ready for something else.

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