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    03-03-2008, 05:45 PM
a good old around bit

I have a new Paint. He's 10 but I have no idea of his previous training. Here's what I'm trying to accomplish - get him to not fight for the lead while trail riding - he wants to be first! -get him to relax and accept the bit in the ring when we're "working." He tries lots of bit evasion moves from flinging his head up to going forward into the trot from the walk when I don't ask him, to putting his head down to low. (we had his teeth check and floated so they are O.K.).
I've read about the Sprenger bits and how they are the top of the line. Should I invest in one of them. Rode him today in a Myler low port and he's still playing games. Perhaps it's not even the bit, just me not being firm enough. I HATE pulling on his face but he was such a pain-in-the**** on the last trailride, fighting with a lead mare over first place that I ended up totally frustrated. My last horse loved to be last horse on a trail ride so this is real different for me. I want him to be happy so I'm looking for the least amount of bit that will do the job. Thanks!
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    03-03-2008, 06:08 PM
I've been working on this same problem with my horse. He was in a tie down for many years. Spirithorse gave me some great advice under Tie Downs, Lungeing, and Flexing. She recommended a bit, I bought it, and all is great. It has taken a good bit of work to get him to accept this bit (or any bit for that matter) but she has a good methos. Read through the thread. It has worked for me so far!!! :) [/url]
    03-03-2008, 09:15 PM
Getting equipment to slow down your horse is not a solution. It might be easier for you but it is not fixing the actual problem. It sounds like a respect issue.
Many years ago I owned a horse that had a respect issue and he did the same thing. The second he tried to evade my aids or get stronger, I stopped him turned around and went right in the opposite direction. It cause some fights with him but after just a few rides of that it fixed it. He was a tb so he wasnt the brightest animal and he tried all over again every time we went out.

Just keep at it. It's another one of those things that isnt acceptable. Until you know you've got your aids and his aid as one, going out on trails is probably not the best idea.

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