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        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.
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        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.
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    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.

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