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    05-12-2010, 01:14 AM
  #1
Foal
Good Starting Bits?

So I currently have three different bits and a two year old stud colt. I was given a curb bit and a d-ring snaffle with the purchase of horses in the past and ended up buying this bit at tractor supply last year when I was starting another 3 y/o stud (my first horse to really train. He wasn't truely green, and had been ridden but I just tuned him up to sell him) : Milepost Sweet Iron Breaking Horse Bit - 4007559 | Tractor Supply Company . Anyway the colt in question, I've had since he was born and trained him from the ground up. Some may say he borders of more of a pet than a horse but I made sure he learned correct ground manners and he's very eager to please. I want to use him later for a barrel pony, and started working on ground work last year. He accepts a saddle just fine (no weight yet) and doesn't mind having a bit put into his mouth. I'm wondering which bit would suite him best? I started off using the one I bought at TSC last year, just tack him up 5-10 minutes at a time and walk him around to get used to it and worked on neck reining then untack and round pen him awhile. This year I'd like to work on ground driving and other things. I put the snaffle on him this year and he was ok for it awhile and then went to constantly chewing and biting on it. Just wanted your opinions on a good bit for him, if I need to go buy a different on or try the one I bought again?
     
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    05-12-2010, 01:36 AM
  #2
Trained
When you watch the videos and listen to the clinicians talk you might think it's easy to train a horse and anybody can do it and get good results. That is not true. If you don't have alot of experience with horses and an experienced mentor to help you, you are setting yourself up for failure. The chances are that your horse is gentle enough that he will fill in for you where you lack and you won't get injured. The chances are also pretty good that you will never have a very well broke horse either. Do yourself and your horse a favor and send him to a good trainer.
     
    05-12-2010, 02:01 AM
  #3
Showing
Here is my basic snaffle/english bit article: Bit Information (Snaffle and English-Type Bits)

Personally, I like to start horses in either a mullen mouth (happy mouth or stainless steel) or french link full cheek. The full cheek is great for greenies as it applies lateral pressure to the opposite cheek, which helps with steering, and the cheeks cannot be pulled into the mouth.
Hope that helps.
     
    05-12-2010, 02:20 AM
  #4
Started
I'm not going to critique whether or not you are ready to start a horse; it's not my business.
I agree with JDI's suggestion. I think a french link full cheek snaffle sounds like a great starting bit.
If not that, a french link dee or o ring.
It's best to start in a nice soft bit. You don't want to toughen up that young, soft mouth. It's best to try to keep it soft.
     
    05-12-2010, 02:27 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I also agree, the french link snaffle in either a D ring or Full Cheek. Beware of the loos ring snaffle if you end up with one, they tend to pinch the horses cheeks so you may want to get rubber guards for it.
     
    05-12-2010, 03:43 AM
  #6
Foal
I figured when posting I'd probably get a nice backlash of people with strong opinions on whether or not I should be training, readiness, blah blah blah, it is a forum after all but please let's not turn this into anything more. I thought maybe this would be a friendly place. I never said I wasn't experienced with horses, just newer at breaking them from the beginning. I'm surrounded by horse people from different veiws, from western barrel racers and halter showers to some good friends who race TBs. I was just asking opinions of a nice bit to start a young stud off with who will be used for western riding, trails, possibly barrels in the future.
     
    05-12-2010, 03:49 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by LexiLu    
I figured when posting I'd probably get a nice backlash of people with strong opinions on whether or not I should be training, readiness, blah blah blah, it is a forum after all but please let's not turn this into anything more. I thought maybe this would be a friendly place. I never said I wasn't experienced with horses, just newer at breaking them from the beginning. I'm surrounded by horse people from different veiws, from western barrel racers and halter showers to some good friends who race TBs. I was just asking opinions of a nice bit to start a young stud off with who will be used for western riding, trails, possibly barrels in the future.
No one has said anything offensive. But I do agree with the full cheek snaffle. My boy is being broken in at the moment and he seems to respond really well to it. Just because your boy is a colt doesn't mean that you need a twisted wire snaffle to control him. A good colt knows his place, and should know when its time for ther ladies, and time for work.
     
    05-12-2010, 05:16 AM
  #8
Yearling
I have an actual training bit at home im not sure if there available where you are. They are a nice straight bar but with keys hanging off it so the horse mouths the bit there lovely to start in though before moving on. I can find out more for you if you like pictures etc?
     
    05-12-2010, 05:20 PM
  #9
Foal
Pictures would be appreciated
     
    05-12-2010, 06:00 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MaggiStar    
I have an actual training bit at home im not sure if there available where you are. They are a nice straight bar but with keys hanging off it so the horse mouths the bit there lovely to start in though before moving on. I can find out more for you if you like pictures etc?
Is this what you are talking about??? It's a "full cheek snaffle with keys"
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