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    03-18-2012, 10:59 AM
I agree with maura. Roxy can be a perfect angel in the ring, but the second she's xc she forgets that she does indeed know how to listen. I don't think she's being bad, she just wants to go. I've been using a slow twist on her xc and it seems to be helping a little. I've also been doing a lot of transition work to make her think and respond more quickly though.
Good luck!
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    03-18-2012, 06:04 PM
Thanks so much for all the help! I don't think I'm going to move up too severely on the bit, just enough to bring her back to me when she needs it.
To blue eyed pony I was told to get that bit by my previous trainer, I no longer use it, my horse is a 5.5 but the bit I showed you was just an example of what I wanted to get for my horse, but back to the gag I don't use it often anymore, and if you are thinking about getting it I would make sure you have a good understanding of double reins seeing as some people don't ride gags in double reins anymore which I don't agree with, and I always use a soft hand with it so as not to over do it.
    03-18-2012, 11:11 PM
Yeah I don't like harsher bits much either... I have to use a kimblewick on my boy for jumping and xc, but I'd rather not use anything with a chain because curb bits with joints aren't competition legal where I am and he likes a double-jointed mouthpiece. That's why I was thinking a 3-ring gag, because I can get one in the mouthpiece he likes and I'll actually be allowed to use it. And I'll be allowed to use it with a flash strap or grackle noseband. The kimblewick is good, I just feel like he'd go better if he was in something with joints.

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