I've started both 3 year olds in a Dr. Cooks. Saro (now in a snaffle) is ready to go to a curb in the next few weeks. Shiloh is just starting in a snaffle.
I loved the Dr. Cooks for starting them out. I think it really helped transition them from the ground work we started with, to the saddle.
I use the bitless on Vida (my finished 10 year old mare) when I'm not to particular how she goes. She likes it and is comfortable in it, but I really feel like its a step backwards for a finished horse. If you feel like your horse needs to take a step back due to behavior issues, its not a bad thing.
ETA- We started with a rope halter and a single lead rope for the first rides then to the dr. Cooks then the snaffle then the curb. Just FYI on the transitions.
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Last edited by Vidaloco; 08-03-2009 at 03:21 PM.