Beginner Bit Help - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 04-07-2010, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Southeast Missouri
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
Beginner Bit Help

Ok, Im new to horses. rode a few times in the past, but never owned a horse. I got a chance to pick up a free 16 year old Palamino mare that was a good rider but hadn't had too much attention paid to her for the last year. Not abused or negleted to much (no grain). She rides pretty good but is getting a little buddy sour as we added another old mare that my friend got. After looking somethings up about that, I learned I'm using the wrong bit. Im using a curb bit with a twisted copper jointed bit. Im not sure what type bit she was using before, it could have been a hackamore for all I know. I'd rather not go out and buy one of each to see what she likes best. I want something that is confortable as she listens pretty well with neck rein, at least turning and stopping. Thanks for any suggestions.
WiskyDrinkr is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 04-07-2010, 04:46 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 4,378
• Horses: 2
I am a bit confused by your post - are you saying that you looked up info on the buddy sour problem and have concluded it was the bit?
themacpack is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 04-07-2010, 05:29 PM
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Australia
Posts: 6,179
• Horses: 4
Is she obedient? Good stop and steering and adjusting of speed? If so then I would say the twisted wire is a bit much. If she is comfortable in the curb and you are comfortable using it, then try a curb with a smooth mouthpiece, either with a small port or with a billy alle/roller type joint.

If you want to take her out of the curb, then you can try her in just a plain snaffle, eggbut/loose ring/d ring single jointed/double jointed.

wild_spot is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 04-07-2010, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Southeast Missouri
Posts: 3
• Horses: 0
Originally Posted by themacpack View Post
I am a bit confused by your post - are you saying that you looked up info on the buddy sour problem and have concluded it was the bit?
No, just in the process of researching the buddy sour problem I ran across some info on bits that gave me the impression the bit I have is a little to rough for her. She turns by the slightest neck pressure and stops good. She did "go" pretty good untill we added the new horse. We added her to an exsiting cut stud a few weeks ago and they did great after a few hours. We added an older mare a couple of days ago and they are working it out. She "my horse" does not like being apart now "stops her foot and paces the gate when the other two are out. Learning from the other post, Im pretty sure I can work the buddy sour problem out. Just need to find her a more confortable bit if the set up I have is wrong for her.
WiskyDrinkr is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 04-07-2010, 10:38 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern NY
Posts: 158
• Horses: 2
Yes, I would go with the snaffle bit. She seems fine so she doesn't need the extra firmness with the other bits. I'd go with a snaffle, it's mild enough for her to be comfortable while still giving pressure when needed.
coelh102 is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
a few beginner ?s new2horses Western Riding 13 01-08-2010 09:04 PM
Beginner.. kandice Horse Training 10 08-20-2009 11:15 AM
Frustrated - beginner newtohorse Horse Riding 9 07-27-2009 03:05 PM
Help a beginner out! PersonalAwe1084 English Riding 2 05-31-2009 05:57 PM
beginner? Nita Horse Talk 0 09-08-2007 10:53 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome