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post #1 of 4 Old 07-31-2012, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Which Bit Should I Start With?

Don't know if this is the right place to post this...as I am new here...but...Cherokee is finally accepting the bit! And she's also comfortable in a hackamore. So, now, I'm at a road block.
When I re-trained Little Bit, I started her in a D-ring snaffle, then eventually progressed through a series of bits up to the Little "S" hackamore. I like running my barrel horses with the Little S, and that's what I want to eventually ride Cherokee in.
So, my question is, should I start her with a D-ring, or an english hackamore? I start with an english hackamore because it is most like the Little S in weight and handling, but it is a little stronger.
Just asking for opinions, or if you have training bit suggestions, I'm happy to hear them! :)

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post #2 of 4 Old 07-31-2012, 05:57 PM
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I prefer a bit. But whatever the horse is happiest in, use it.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-31-2012, 11:18 PM
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You prefer a certain bit? Well unfortunately you're going to have to choose a bit that SHE prefers and works best with. A good bit to start with it a soft straight-bar, no nut-cracker action from the jointed snaffles.
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When I re-trained Little Bit, I started her in a D-ring snaffle, then eventually progressed through a series of bits up to the Little "S" hackamore. I like running my barrel horses with the Little S, and that's what I want to eventually ride Cherokee in.
I'm curious why you started with a bit & 'progress' through a series of bits before the mechanical 'hackamore'? I personally start my horses in a halter or *true* hackamore & progress to a double jointed snaffle or such if/when horse is going well & it's desired.

I don't like mechanical 'hacks' as they can be very hard on a horse's nose in case of bad riding/accident, etc and the type you describe (s & English) can be a bit unclear on rein cues IMO. I would also only use them with Western style single handed riding, not English style direct reining.

So... if you want to ride in a hack, that's what I'd use to begin *but be extra cautious about anything 'harsh' with a little trained horse.
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