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post #11 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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OMIGOSH! Thankyou!!! I really NEED to go back to the basics I think... for me AND for him....

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post #12 of 19 Old 07-13-2009, 06:11 PM
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your welcome. I hope everything works out.

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D-rings apply pressure to the opposite side of the horse's face. So you apply pressure with the left rein, the bit slides a bit and the cheek piece applies pressure to the right side of the horse's face. Same goes for full cheeks.

Loose ring snaffles (or 'o-rings') have a lot more play, in that the rings are loose to move around. Some horses like that, some don't. They have a lot less lateral influence, but you can put some bit guards on them and that can help some.

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Personally, I prefer a loose ring snaffle with copper. It puts less pressure than you'd get with a D ring. I just got a used one for $18 at the tack shop. The new ones were $28.

Farmpony, the hinge in the mouthpiece looks awfully large. Is that going to be comfortable? Also, I don't think the bit you purchased is going to be functionally different from a D ring as it does not appear to be a loose ring snaffle. The O rings I like move freely, unlike the D ring snaffles.

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do you have any suggestions?

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Jenny, I have a non twist version of that bit that I use for training and sometimes ride in it as well. There is virtually no difference between a D ring and an O ring but there is a slight difference in a loose ring snaffle.

What I've been reading is that some trainers use a smooth mouth bit for training but go to the twisted mouth to "brighten" up their horse at a show. Using the twisted mouth all the time makes your horse immune to it.

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...so.... If i have to show in a snaffle (if I want to ride 2-handed) then I have to practice in... a...what would be milder then a snaffle? I have a double copper roller...?

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A snaffle only refers to a bit with no leverage - joined or unjoined. What some trainers are doing is to practice in a smooth mouth snaffle then use the slow twist for show - the slow twist being a little harsher.

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I use a French Link D Ring on my mare and she really likes it! you might want to look into a French Link a lot of horses seem to like them.
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