Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Somewhere in WA
When starting or restarting a horse we always go back to the basics....a plain O-Ring snaffle no matter what the horse has been in previously. You want your horse to respect that bit, and not have to bit up the horse to where down the road they don't have a mouth to work with.
It is all about quick release, and not just with bits but with everything you do. The quicker you release the pressure the faster they are gonna catch on to what your asking because your release of pressure is a reward for the horse. If I want a horse to flex to the side...I hold some pressure until they give. As soon as I feel them give to the pressure I drop my rein and give them their face back. Pretty soon a stiff horse is giving to you when you touch the reins with your pinky. Same when stopping, backing, side passing, ground work, ect. It all comes down to release. The bit really has nothing to do with it but more control....the harsher the bit the more control and faster reaction your going to get, when you really should get that response from the simplest bit.
When my barrel horses are NOT running they are rode in snaffles and are super light.
Make sense? Sorry if it doesn't it is getting late and I have had a long day so not sure if my explaining is making sense to others.
Conformation is how far the horse CAN go,
Mind is how far the horse WILL go,
Training is how far it DOES go.