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        03-29-2011, 04:06 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Chekin In With New Bit - Spin-Off of ORS Thread by Cherie

    Okay, just got back from the store and oh my gosh there were TONS of different choices. I finally got overwhelmed and asked a store clerk to help me. I explained my situation with teaching a ORS and here is what she gave me. Is this correct?

    Thanks :)
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        03-29-2011, 04:56 PM
      #2
    Showing
    Oh, thank goodness, there is a tack store clerk in the world with some sense!! Sorry, but most of the time with folks on here getting advice from the tack store people, they usually end up with either a twisted bit or a tom thumb LOL.

    I really like the look of that bit. Barrel to prevent the nutcracker effect, copper for a moist mouth, barrels instead of joints on the side so no problem with pinching. All in all, a very nice bit. Since you are working on the one rein stop, I would make sure to put a curb strap on there, just for safety's sake.
         
        03-29-2011, 05:01 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Whew! I'm glad I didn't do too bad. I freaked out when I saw all of the different types of bits! Wow! Yep, I'll steal the curb strap from the bridle I've been using. It's leather, I hope that's okay.
         
        03-29-2011, 05:09 PM
      #4
    Showing
    I only use leather on my snaffles, there is too much motion going on down there to use a chain strap like I do on my curbs. You can make your own with a bit of saddle string if you wanted, that's what I do. Much cheaper than buying an actual strap.

    If you would be interested, here is a site with tying instructions.
         
        03-29-2011, 05:20 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Thank you! I'm always interested in learning new things. :)
         
        03-30-2011, 12:18 AM
      #6
    Trained
    I would say that is a really good choice; of course, your horse will ultimately make the decision on the feel of it, but over all that is a good bit. Most horses will go well in a double jointed bit.

    My mare is one of those 'weirdos' that actually relaxes and goes better in the plain old single jointed snaffle; tried a couple of different double jointeds, but she just didn't seem to care for them...didn't relax as much, and was more resistant to rein pressure, so I've stuck with what she likes...Lol!
         
        03-30-2011, 12:25 AM
      #7
    Foal
    Thanks for your input M2P. I'm hoping to try it out tomorrow if its not raining. I'm wondering though.... I've been reading threads about horses going from a snaffle to a curb, but NOT the other way around. He's been in a curb, so is there a change he will not respond to the snaffle now? He seems well-trained, but I'm the one NOT well-trained! Just trying to be prepared for anything.
         
        03-30-2011, 12:29 AM
      #8
    Showing
    Smrobs and Mom2Pride took the words out of my mouth. It's great to see that some tack store employees have good bit sense - more often than not, I see people sent home with some massive bit recommended to them by someone at the store. Very refreshing to see.
         
        03-30-2011, 12:41 AM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Darla719    
    Thanks for your input M2P. I'm hoping to try it out tomorrow if its not raining. I'm wondering though.... I've been reading threads about horses going from a snaffle to a curb, but NOT the other way around. He's been in a curb, so is there a change he will not respond to the snaffle now? He seems well-trained, but I'm the one NOT well-trained! Just trying to be prepared for anything.
    I have never had any problems switching from curb to a snaffle; and I've retrained some pretty 'hard mouthed' horses. As long as you teach him to flex both ways (left and right) very well, you shouldn't have any problems; the mistake people make when switching from curb back to a snaffle is that they think they can just pull back and expect a horse to stop or turn like with a curb...and a snaffle isn't designed to work like that at all...it's designed for side to side pressure (lateral), not so much for vertical pressure.
         
        03-30-2011, 12:51 AM
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    Darla, That is a great bit!!!! I want! How much? Love it. YOu smart, woman!
         

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