Bridle or Saddle first?

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saddle 20 74.07%
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    06-25-2008, 08:06 PM
Bridle or Saddle first?

Ok so im going to start breaking a year and 3 month old gelding...i was just wondering what everyones thoughs were on wether I should start with the saddle or bridle first.

I personally think I should start with a bridle but I am not exactly sure. So I would like to know what your opinions are and WHY!!!

Thanks - Taylor
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    06-25-2008, 08:46 PM
I say saddle. I think that's more important for the horse to get used to, rather than a bridle.
    06-25-2008, 08:48 PM
With my colt I put the bridle on first.

Then put the roller on him and rub saddle cloths and all sorts over him. Put the saddle on ONCE do not lunge him in the saddle.. Take it off after you've walked him around with it and then hen you go to get on because you've been working him with a roller and driven him.. put the saddle on WHEN you go to get on for the first time (with a saddle) because you might want to get on bareback.
    06-25-2008, 08:59 PM
Weanling Im sry I think I wrote it and made ppl misunderstand.. he's not being ridden for another year, he's too fragile still..i can break one of those baby bones. And do you think a d-ring twisted snaffle is alright for the first bit?? I was planning on that first.mainly because I have no other bit except a curb w/shanks.
    06-25-2008, 09:03 PM
That's cool, I knew you wouldn't get on a babyyy that young!! You've got brains miss *winks*

Well I still think bridling over a saddle any day, it's personal opinion and what 3 breakers told me =]

Personally for a first bit I'd go a D ring snaffle or one of those bits with those dingly things.. My filly had one I just forget names..
    06-25-2008, 09:09 PM
Yeah was leaning towards the bridle but I wanted to double check.afterall I think I would raher have control over him before I throw a saddle on his baack.i mean not that I would control him with a bit but it would certainly help! :) ....i mean I have sat on him..*looks away* but he was laying down so I just decided to take a not like I put my leg over him..that would be INSANE! I just put some weight on his back.and he was still like very calm and could care less what you do to him! And thets when he was a colt...he was gelded 2 weeks ago
    06-25-2008, 09:11 PM
Yeah exactly.

Hehe that's coool.. Good he was a good boy!
When my filly was 18 months I used to sleep on her *sus face* she was sleeping too.. Was heaps cute! Pitty I sold her (n)

Ahh ok!! I can't wait to get my colt gelded HAHA
    06-25-2008, 09:17 PM
Awww!..yeah with mr levi I used to lay down in his hay bed at was SOO cute so I read him my book as his bedtime story...gotta love the phantom stallion series!

Its so funny because he *dreams* like literally he will start kicking and when he sleeps he opens his mouth and his lips droop so his teeth show.its so cute! And he's like this big big baby.<3
    06-25-2008, 10:42 PM
I MEANT to say that im not starting to break him..i realized this while talking on the chat thing...i wouldn't use a sadde for like 3 more months.let alone get on him for another 2 yrs.

But I wanted this for future doing my *research* now.
    06-25-2008, 10:45 PM
If it has to be one, go with the bridle. As long as you're gentle it won't hurt him in the long run.
Don't even get me started about getting a 15 month old colt (let alone a Draft-type) saddle broke, it won't be pretty.
Best of luck.

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