The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training


This is a discussion on Bits within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

    LinkBack Thread Tools
        11-21-2008, 02:02 PM

    I am using a snaffle. Is that a good bit when riding on the trail or should I be using some sort of correction bit.
    Sponsored Links
        11-21-2008, 02:11 PM
    Wow a jump like that could end you up in trouble. The correction bit is like a level "10" if you will a snaffel is about a level "1-2". If your horse is responding just fine to the snaffel then I would stick with it!!! A snaffel bit its pretty much the basic starting bit. Has ur horse ever had a correction bit in his mouth? If not this can be a major shock to the horse. Is your snaffel bit plain or twisted????? If it is plain and you would feel more comfortable in something a little more "controlling", if you will, then I would suggest a slow twist snaffel. There is a fast twist snaffel too but the decision is soley up to you. Be careful in your decisions.
        11-21-2008, 02:48 PM
    I agree with Painted....if your horse listens in a snaffle ride in it...if your horse will not, I'd suggest going back and starting with groundwork to get your hosre more responsive to you
        11-21-2008, 04:10 PM
    I agree. If something is not broke, don't try to fix it. However, after my young horses have started neck-reining, I put them in a training curb snaffle similar to this.
    Tack Outlet Superstore - Quality Products At Outlet Prices - Training Snaffle

    But, you don't ever want to try out a new bit on the trail. Use it on them in the arena to get them used to the pressure in different places. Also, it is a huge jump from a snaffle to a correction. If you want to try your horse in a shanked bit, I suggest either something similar to the link above or just a simple grazing bit with 6 inch shanks. Only use these if you are training your horse to neck rein and he already has the idea.
        11-21-2008, 09:11 PM
    Stick with the snaffle. But I will say if you are riding in a twisted wire or something of that nature your foundation is broken and that needs to be fixed.

    I wouldn't want to see a horse go from a snaffle to a correctional curb! Talk about scary!
        11-21-2008, 09:42 PM
    Snaffles are fine on the trail.
    Or why not go bitless (no hackamore tho, rather use a sidepull).

    But if you have problems with your horse, write down the problems instead. Changing bit however, is not the solution.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Cleaning horses' bits - no, not those kind of 'bits' Kyani Horse Grooming 79 01-30-2013 01:07 PM
    Soft Bits vs Harsh bits? Velvetgrace Horse Training 45 11-07-2008 05:02 PM
    Gag Bits? whitetrashwarmblood Horse Tack and Equipment 17 10-16-2008 11:14 PM
    Bits Bits Bits!!! ArabianAmor Horse Tack and Equipment 25 08-22-2008 06:39 PM
    Bits? ox-tuff_rider-xo Horse Training 6 11-05-2007 06:23 PM

    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:32 PM.

    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0