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post #41 of 83 Old 10-11-2012, 03:11 PM
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Let's not forget that we also need to take the horse's preference into consideration.

My TB absolutely HATED the rubber covered D-ring snaffle I originally had him in, and goes very happily in this. I'm quite well aware it looks like a torture device, but he's happy as a clam in it. Go figure!
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what type of snaffle are you using specifically that causes this issue? I'm curious about this... this is interesting and I'm concerned that this is a training issue also as mentioned by the other poster if a harsher bit is required.. A Tom Thumb is not a nice bit.
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Let's not forget that we also need to take the horse's preference into consideration.

My TB absolutely HATED the rubber covered D-ring snaffle I originally had him in, and goes very happily in this. I'm quite well aware it looks like a torture device, but he's happy as a clam in it. Go figure!
I agree that you should tailor the bit choice to the horse's preference... However, there are mouth pieces in virtually any shape/size imaginable with a snaffle, just as there is with a curb. I do believe that every horse should have the foundations laid in a snaffle before ever needing to step up from there.
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Oh yes, I agree Chiilaa, but JJ was just off the track when I took him on, and he went to my trainer's right after that. So I figured I could humor his bit preference, since he already had the foundation.
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SR - that's still a snaffle, so it's still a lot milder than a curb with a similar mouth

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If an eggbutt snaffle slips, you can try a D-ring snaffle or full cheek snaffle. An eggbutt 3 piece snaffle will slip more than I like in my mare's mouth, which is why I use a D-ring 2 piece. My gelding uses a full cheek 2-piece snaffle. Given their typical headset, I'm not worried about any 'nutcracker' action:


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Yes I know, but it's still more bit than I've ever used. I was rather shocked that JJ took to it like he'd designed it for himself!

I'm a big fan of the mildest bit necessary that still gets the job done. I've always used eggbutts, D-rings, and even loose ring snaffles. This is my first fullcheek with a port in over 30 years.

I do want to add, if the bit is sliding around in the horse's mouth it's also a fit issue. I'm thinking it's probably too big.
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I actually quite like a good full cheek. Especially for a younger horse, or one that needs to refresh aids.
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I actually quite like a good full cheek. Especially for a younger horse, or one that needs to refresh aids.
Well, I guess JJ qualifies since he was 5 when I got him fresh off the track, and he's just 8 now.
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Oh yes, I agree Chiilaa, but JJ was just off the track when I took him on, and he went to my trainer's right after that. So I figured I could humor his bit preference, since he already had the foundation.
This is what I did with my horse as well.
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