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post #21 of 25 Old 07-01-2009, 05:36 AM
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Give the bit less ago I found no difference between bit or bitless with my horse. I went on a course and then after all the ground work had to go on a three hour trek in a halter. I tried to sneak the bridle and bit on my horse but the lady who ran the course spotted it. So she persuaded me to go natural. I was nervous a new horse who I had own 3 weeks. but to be honest I forgot after a while that I had no bit, he was fantastic really responsive and the brakes worked even after the gallop down the beach.
My friend has been riding for 30 years with a bit and has just had her new QH broken and she has had no problems without a bit. There is even a lady competing at three day eventing in a head collar over here.
Be brave . You could try riding in a halter with your bit and bridle at stand by (with no contact) for a while to make a change more easy.
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post #22 of 25 Old 07-01-2009, 07:10 PM
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Not all horses works that well in a halter or other bitless, so keep the bit there untill you see it works properly tho. Most times it's great :)

*random picture of a standie I rode before, this is probably about the second time I ride him, and he's neveer been bitless before)*

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post #23 of 25 Old 07-01-2009, 07:11 PM
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Like others have said, I'd try a french link snaffle if you try a bit at all. You can get cheap ones (we're talking $5 bucks) in most catalogs. I consider them the most gentle bits out there. The two joints take pressure off the roof of the mouth and the tongue. Single jointed snaffles often seriously pinch tongues and roofs of mouths. Or, if you have some $$ to spend a really amazing brand of bits are the Robart Pinchless series. They have all different styles, curb and snaffle, but the joint in the middle is made specially to rotate around as needed, so they don't pinch at all and both sides of the bit can move independently from the other. I love them!

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post #24 of 25 Old 07-03-2009, 03:29 PM
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I would get a trainer out there, first of all.

I would use something really mild. A hollow mouth or a rubber snaffle. A copper French link wouldn't be a bad idea. Copper is supposed to taste good to horses and encourages salivation, and it supposedly relaxes them. My TB likes his coppermouth a lot.

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post #25 of 25 Old 07-03-2009, 06:58 PM
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Everything I have owned or ridden, the last 6 years has used a french link loose ring. Unless absolutely necessary (which so far I have never had happen), I refuse to ride in any other type of bit. I have ridden TB's, WB's, Saddlebreds, Quarter Horses, Arabs, english, and western, and have all the horses have loved the french link. I am training a Quarter Horse that had major issues rearing up, taking off, not going, sticking his head up in the air, or down into the ground, and as soon as I started riding him in the french link, he started behaving much much better.
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