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    01-13-2008, 07:45 PM
Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
I believe you can show (in WP, I think?) in a bosal up to 5 or 6 years old..
Yes you can. At six horses must be moved to single handed riding and theres no reason to use a snaffle with one hand. You can't use it for what it was intended so we use a shank bit. It's actually a rule to use a shank bit now.
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    01-13-2008, 07:53 PM
Now, personally, I like to start a horse in a french link. It is even softer than a snaffle, with all the benefits, such as: it won't pinch the horse's tongue, it doesn't use a cracker-jack action, and you still get the horse used to having a bit in their mouth.
Totally agree
    01-13-2008, 08:42 PM
I started my boy in a full cheek snaffle and have been riding him in a loose ring snaffle (he is now age 5). Next year I will have to transition to a curb bit, but will still train most often in a loose ring snaffle.

It seems like many youngsters actually have to learn to be soft on the bit...not because they are naturally hard on the bit, but because they don't fully understand the cues and are therefore fighting a bit.

Though I started in a snaffle this time, I think I will start my next baby in a bosal and only use the bit on the lunge line with side reins to help him learn to get on the bit. Though I have no experience starting riding in a bosal, I think I will like it better because it will give me a chance to teach cues and the horse won't be fighting them with his mouth keeping the mouth much softer...we will see. Teaching pressure - release for head/body movement and position will be the same cues (bit or bosal) :)
    01-13-2008, 09:04 PM
I'd say any type of gentle snaffle would be fine (if you don't opt for the bosal).. Snaffles that are thick and broken once or more are generally really gentle. Also consider rubber snaffles. I prefer loose rings. I'm starting my three year old in a rubber loose ring (its not broken, but she doesn't seem to mind).. I haven't ridden her yet, but I may find a rubber snaffle that's broken at least once to ride in.. Right now she's just learning to hold the bit in her mouth in her stall.
    01-14-2008, 12:13 AM
Snaffles that are thick and broken once or more are generally really gentle.
Yeppers... but those are called French Links :)
    01-14-2008, 03:00 AM
Originally Posted by BluMagic
You cannot show in a bosal or hackamore that I know of.

I would also suggest a snaffle bit.
You CAN show in a bosal Blu I also start ALL my little ones in a snaffle and then move them on to a bosal if they are not a fruit cake - you don not have the same level of control with a Bosal that you have with a bit.....
    01-14-2008, 09:59 AM
They are not necessarily called French Links. A french link snaffle is a bit broken twice with a flat piece in the middle. There are many other bits that fit the qualification of a "thick snaffle broken once or more.."
Dr Bristol (generally the piece is bigger in the middle and lays at an angle, still very gentle though)
A regular broken once snaffle, fits that qualification
You can also have a broken snaffle with rollers.
There is a snaffle that is just the french links linked across (IDK if there are 5 or 6 of them, I forget what its called)..

A happy mouth mullen mouth or rubber mullen mouth is also really gentle, even though its not broken.

Anyway I didn't necessarily mean french link only, or I would have said french link. There are several bitting options, and really depends on what the horse likes best. French links are a good option because they lay relatively flat in the horse's mouth, but they aren't the only bits that do so. (any bit that is broken two+ times will.. and some may have rollers [which a young horse may respond to])

I would pick one gentle bit and stick with it for a while. Once he has the basics down, you can confuse him by switching bits. =]
    01-14-2008, 09:05 PM
Standing corrected :)
    01-14-2008, 10:53 PM
Lol that's okay I just wanted to make sure my point was clear (about really most snaffles are appropriate for training..)

(well most snaffles, excluding any twisted wire or thin mouth pieces!)
    01-14-2008, 11:48 PM
No no it's fine :) and a very good point.

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