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    03-06-2011, 09:24 PM
Bit Question???

Hey guys, I just recently got a project horse and he's doing exceedingly well so far! Using natural horsemanship methods, I've earned his trust and respect on the ground, saddle broken him, and earned trust and respect on his back. I'm currently working on undersaddle work and riding now. He walks out nice, calm, and easy, has a solid, floaty trot, and a soft and rhythmic canter. He has great lateral movement, sidepasses, backs, bends and flexes like a dream, gives easily to slight leg and rein pressure, has a super responsive mind and an awesome whoa.

This amazing horse wants to learn, loves to learn, and boy does he learn quick! I'm really wanting to try him in english tack, as he seems like the dictionary definition of a hunter horse.

Enough of my rambling, let's get to the point here. I currently use a full cheek roller mouth bit on him (started out with a rope hackamore).
I'm riding him western now with that bit and since I'd like to start him in english, I'd like to know what bit would suit him best.

As for english bits, I have three options: I have my own full cheek corkscrew that I no longer use. I am very aware that this is a very harsh-type bit to use, but honestly, that depends on the horse.

My question is, should I ride the horse in the corkscrew or the rollermouth?? If not either, I also have access to a loose ring snaffle, although that one is well rusted.

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    03-06-2011, 09:43 PM
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Lots of English folks ride in full cheek snaffles; either single or double jointed.
If you don't want a full cheek, then use a D ring, it works about the same.
    03-06-2011, 09:47 PM
Agreed. In all honesty, I have always associated a full cheek bit with being a piece of English equipment anyway because I have never seen anyone around here using one (everyone here rides western). I would personally avoid the corkscrew just because he is so responsive in a regular bit. No reason to up the ante if he doesn't need it.
    03-06-2011, 09:55 PM
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John Lyons uses nothing but full cheek snaffles.
    03-06-2011, 10:02 PM
I 2 rein horses destined for western or english disciplines into a full cheek snaffle to start with.
    03-06-2011, 10:23 PM
Green Broke
As stated, a full-cheek is typically an English bit.

Like also stated, don't even consider the corkscrew. Upping a bit when the horse already responds to a milder one is pointless.
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    03-14-2011, 12:34 AM
Do not use the corkskrew. That is too harsh to start. Really you can start him in in anything. Im starting my stud in a copper d-ring. As for the rust, that's fine- horses like the taste of it actually. That's the purpose of sweet-iron bits- to rust. It makes the horses mouth softer. A lot of people I know love loose ring bits.

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