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post #11 of 17 Old 03-01-2009, 01:25 PM
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I don't know what anyone else said because I didn't read all the posts but I HIGHLY recommend the EZ Control bit by Stubben. It worked miracles for me and it doesn't pinch or hurt the horse in anyway, just gives you a little bit more control and stuff. It is around $75 and well worth the money.
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post #12 of 17 Old 03-02-2009, 12:49 AM
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There have been quite a few posts suggesting trying a kinder bit (ie NOT thinner or twisted), using circling to gain control back and going back to reinforcing some fundamental training. Can I just add my backing to these very sensible suggestions.

One day people will learn that the bit is not a brake, it is a communication device. Harsher does not equal bigger brakes. At all.


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One day people will learn that the bit is not a brake, it is a communication device. Harsher does not equal bigger brakes. At all.
Brilliantly said.


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There have been quite a few posts suggesting trying a kinder bit (ie NOT thinner or twisted), using circling to gain control back and going back to reinforcing some fundamental training. Can I just add my backing to these very sensible suggestions.

One day people will learn that the bit is not a brake, it is a communication device. Harsher does not equal bigger brakes. At all.
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post #15 of 17 Old 03-02-2009, 09:48 AM
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Controlling a horse with a Bit

I agree with spirit horse that a searching for the perfect bit is not the answer.

If you feel like you need the perfect bit to "control" your horse then you need to focus on establishing communication and leadership with your horse instead.

I would start on the ground first, doing lunging exercises where you ask the horse to constantly change from walk to trot and canter. Also ask him to change direction frequently. Here's an example:

Start having horse Going left:
  • Twice around at a walk
  • Once around at a trot
  • Drop down to walk, one more time around
  • Ask to change direction, so horse walking to the right
  • Go up to canter, go twice around
  • Drop down to trot, once around
  • Back up to canter
  • Drop to trot, walk, then complete stop
The idea is to be mixing it up to get your horse paying attention and to increase his attention span.

In the saddle, do some exercises to increase his attention span as well. Just go out for leisurely riding and mix things up the same way. John Lyons says you can see when your horse stops paying attention when his ears aren't pointed back focused on you. When you see the horse turning his attention away from you, then ask for a change from what he was doing previously (walk to trot, whatever).

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What this does is get your horse listening to you more.
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Well said HTS!
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post #17 of 17 Old 03-06-2009, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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My apologies for getting back to you all so late, however I thank you all for your suggestions. Currently I'm hacking him around in the Myler D and switching every other day for a slow twist copper snaffle for when we jump.

(: He is an ex-eventer from back when he was in Ireland, and I'm hoping working on basics will help him.
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