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        01-17-2007, 12:36 PM
    Originally Posted by kristy
    Oh goodness.

    I suggest a french link snaffle. No buckling action and extremely mild. I wouldn't suggest buying a very inexpensive bit - you get what you pay for. A decently priced bit shouldn't have any rough edges or blemeshes like a very inexpensive one may and will last a little while if liked. Expect the horses to be pretty non-responsive when transitioning, they will be looking for the harshness of the gag. Over a couple of leasons, the horse's mouth softens, they accept and it is a much better picture, in my opinion.
    I'd agree with the french snaffle. All you can do is try something and see what works. If they need something stronger, then you can try something else, but give them the benefit of the doubt.
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        01-18-2007, 06:26 PM
    What about a rubber pellem?
        01-18-2007, 08:50 PM
    A horse should ALWAYS be started in something simple preferablty a plain snaffle then adjust to something else if it isn't working and not necessarily a harsher bit eg a straight bar snaffle, french snaffle or a finer snaffle to give more without the strength of a pelham or worse.
        01-18-2007, 10:12 PM
    I agree with showpony, that's what I was trying to say above.

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