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Do you prefer to start horses with a bit or bitless?

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    11-13-2010, 08:02 AM
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Do you prefer to start horses with a bit or bitless?

Just wondering what you prefer to do when starting horses.
     
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    11-13-2010, 08:04 AM
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Green Broke
What do you mean by starting? Under saddle?
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    11-13-2010, 08:12 AM
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Yep :)
     
    11-13-2010, 08:19 AM
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Green Broke
Got a question for you. When you do ground work what do you start with. What type of halter do you use. I'm guessing a rope halter by your name. Do you teach your young ones to bend/flex?
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    11-13-2010, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by mbender    
Got a question for you. When you do ground work what do you start with. What type of halter do you use. I'm guessing a rope halter by your name. Do you teach your young ones to bend/flex?
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I do use a rope halter yes :) and yep I do teach them to bend and flex in the rope halter.
I'm just wondering what everyone's preferences are :)
     
    11-13-2010, 08:55 AM
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Green Broke
You know when I started a 2 year old, I was told to use a snaffle. Supposed to be nice and gentle. But everytime I pulled one way or another it would practically go thru her mouth. Plus if you don't know what your doing can't you hurt their mouth. Well anyway, this year, actually next year my filly will be 2 and I think I'm going to go bitless to start. I also use a rope halter and have been teaching her to flex. She's doing great and I will continue to go bitless until she proves me otherwise. Who knows, I may never have to use a bit. Would be nice. I probably will have her wear a snaffle just for the experience but that's it. What do you feel about driving before putting a saddle on? Do you do that?
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    11-13-2010, 09:14 AM
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Green Broke
I start them with a bit. Most people want a horse that is ridden with a bit so you are doing the horse no favors by teaching it without one.

You may say you will have the horse forever but you can't see the future, anything could happen.

I bit youngstock at about 1 and a half years old, start with a rubber mullen snaffle for inhands.
You shoud never pull on one side only, and never pull hard enough to pull the bit through the mouth. Use a new market coupling and a lead thus you get equal pressure on both sides of the bit.
Teach a horse to lead properly and you never need to pull on the bit!

I always longrein before putting a saddle on. Reeco is going away for breaking but I am longreining him now. Work in long reins teaches a horse to go forwards from the voice .
     
    11-13-2010, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by faye    
I start them with a bit. Most people want a horse that is ridden with a bit so you are doing the horse no favors by teaching it without one.
I agree...it's much easier in the long run to start with a bit.
     
    11-13-2010, 10:11 AM
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Green Broke
I've never started a horse in a bitless bridle, but in the past, the 2 year olds I've worked with I've always started them getting used to the bit and ground driving with a full cheek snaffle, but the first couple times I back them I use a rope halter and lead. I usually add the bit back in about their third of fourth ride.

First two rides are concentrated on getting them to just learn forward movement cues and whoas, so no greater refinement is needed. Bit is added in to teach anything additional.
     

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