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        11-22-2009, 03:34 PM
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    What kind of bit do you use in training a horse? I have heard a snaffel but are there two kinds of snaffel bits???
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        11-22-2009, 03:50 PM
    Originally Posted by Arab123    
    what kind of bit do you use in training a horse? I have heard a snaffel but are there two kinds of snaffel bits???
    When ever I start a horse I always use a halter or my natural hackamore. I will not put a bit in the horse's mouth until I can w/t/c, sideways, and back up in that. And when I go to a bit I use a loose ring fench link (or oval link...whatever the name is called) snaffle :)
        11-22-2009, 04:00 PM
    Ok thanks and yes I have rode her several times with just a halter and some reins but now she is starting to ignor me with just that anything to help me??
        11-22-2009, 04:03 PM
    I almost always start with a halter, as it's just one less thing to get used to, but if you really want to start in a bridle, go for a snaffle with a smooth mouthpiece of medium diameter. I prefer eggbutts or full cheek snaffles as they are less likely to pinch the horse's lips.
        11-22-2009, 06:07 PM
    A full cheek snaffle, single jointed (with keepers) will help you out tremendously if you have just gotten on her and want to teach her directions better with the reins.
        11-22-2009, 06:11 PM
    I have a full check for sale if ya want it
        11-22-2009, 06:25 PM
    I use a O rink french link usually.
        11-22-2009, 06:40 PM
    I personally like full cheeks for horses that don't know how to steer, because there is no way the ring can accidentally get pulled through the horse's mouth. Not that that usually happens, but it's always nice to eliminate the possibility.
        11-22-2009, 07:21 PM
    Originally Posted by Arab123    
    what kind of bit do you use in training a horse? I have heard a snaffel but are there two kinds of snaffel bits???

    If you have to ask you should be sending your horse to a trainer.
        11-22-2009, 09:35 PM
    I bought a book on bits! It is based on the Myler Bitting System. They suggest using a snaffle. There are lots of snaffles. A bit has two main parts, the mouthpiece, and the cheeks. The mouthpiece obviously goes into the horses mouth. There are many kinds. The simpliest is called the regular snaffle, which has a single joint. I use a snaffle with a single joint on my green horse.

    Someone mentioned a french link. This is also a good bit, it is softer than a regular snaffle and more comfortable for the horse. It has two joints with a flat curved piece in the center.

    Since I don't have very soft hands, the book recommends a HBT shank. If you do not have soft hands, stay away from long straight shanks ;)

    And the thing to remember about 'D' rings and eggbutts is the amount of pressure you apply to the rein, is exactly the amount of pressure applied to the horse's mouth.

    *They also said that one small wrinkle should be visible at the end of the lips where the bit meets, not two or three.

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