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post #11 of 16 Old 02-03-2012, 02:27 PM
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I hear you on the "long week," Lakota!

To the OP: like others have said, I'm not the biggest fan of wonderbits, or any sort of gag, really. Some riders love them, I'm just not one of them.

You could try going to a snaffle and seeing how your horse likes that. My personal favorite is a loose ring french link, but of course it depends on the horse (my own personal horse HATES it! ).

If you really want to stay in a curb, I'm not of too much help as most of my experience is in snaffles. I do like the look of the Mylers, though!

But remember, just because your horse is gaited doesn't mean he has to be in a curb. I grew up where every Walker I knew was in a double twisted offset wire, with 6" shanks!

There are lots of great threads around the forum on different curb bits if you'd like more info on them, since I'm no help!

Good luck!
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-04-2012, 11:28 AM
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I have to agree with the others on the fact that I prefer the snaffle bit on my gaited horses. Until recently, that is all I have ever used on my horses. Seven weeks ago, I purchased a new horse that the snaffle bits didn't work for. I also asked the forum for some advice. Several talked about the Robards Pinchless Gaited horse bit and after doing a lot of research on it and knowing my horses needs, I decided to purchase one. I have now been using the bit for 2 weeks on my new horse, G-Man. I really like it but more important he likes it. He had a little trouble with nosing out when I gaited him in a rack. Of course, I have done several other things to get him softer at the poll but it seems like with the new bit and the other changes I have made has made a difference. He is more relaxed, softner at the poll and the nosing out is not a problem. I like the bit because I can put my reins in different places and using it like I would a snaffle and when I need a little more control when riding with larger groups, I can adjust it on the lower level to include the shanks. I have been so pleased with this bit that I have ordered a couple of more for my husband's horse and for another one of my horses. Wish you the best of luck because just having been through what you are going through now I know how frustrated trying to fine just the right gentle bit can be.

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THR - that bit does appear pretty mild, thanks for the suggestion. But I'll have to save up a bit of extra cash for it..

Lakota - My gelding is 13 years old, and as far as I know he's only ever been used a trail horse. I am working on becoming more soft-handed... I do own a loose-ring snaffle, so next time I ride I will switch the bits out.
I've seen my guy hold and perform a beautiful gait in the field, and he does this under saddle - most of the time. Other times I feel like I'm bouncing around way too much, almost like he is pacing. Could this be because I am not collecting him properly?

Tbrantley - thanks for the reassurance! I'm preparing myself for some trial and error here lol btw, glad your guy worked out for you! He sure is a looker.



My goal is to find a bit that will assist him in gaiting the way that I know he can, and will allow me to communicate softly but effectively. I will start at square one - the snaffle!

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post #14 of 16 Old 02-04-2012, 01:52 PM
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For my gaited Paso Fino, I love the Imus Comfort Gait bit. It's a mild curb with lots of tongue relief, but there's a ring for attaching reins for snaffle action if you need that instead of a curb bit.

http://www.gaitsofgold.com/Gaited-Ho...ll-others.html
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post #15 of 16 Old 02-04-2012, 05:25 PM
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You made a comment that he seems to be a little more pacier sometimes when you ride and you wonder if it is the way you collect on him.

Different people bring their horses to my husband complaining that they can't get their horse to gait anymore. My husband can get on them and ride them and it never fails to amaze me the difference in the gait that my husband can get them to do if they have the ability to gait, he can get it out of them. Instead of usually retraining a horse to gait he usually has to teach the rider how to ride their gaited horse. Now, what I am going to say next, I know that I will get a lot of heat and comments from others but I am going to say it anyway. My husband always rides with spurs but I don't think I have ever really seen him use them. He also collects them up he says that most gaited horses have been trained to ride smoother with a little collection. The gaited horse owner is always amazed how my husband can get their horse to move like that. I am saying all this is because it is possible that your horse was trained to move smoother collected up more and they might have wore spurs. My husband always has the smoothest horse with the best gait around and their not always like that when he first gets them but they always end of that way. He is well known in this area for his gaited horses and we live in horse country here.

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THR - that bit does appear pretty mild, thanks for the suggestion. But I'll have to save up a bit of extra cash for it..

Lakota - My gelding is 13 years old, and as far as I know he's only ever been used a trail horse. I am working on becoming more soft-handed... I do own a loose-ring snaffle, so next time I ride I will switch the bits out.
I've seen my guy hold and perform a beautiful gait in the field, and he does this under saddle - most of the time. Other times I feel like I'm bouncing around way too much, almost like he is pacing. Could this be because I am not collecting him properly?

Tbrantley - thanks for the reassurance! I'm preparing myself for some trial and error here lol btw, glad your guy worked out for you! He sure is a looker.



My goal is to find a bit that will assist him in gaiting the way that I know he can, and will allow me to communicate softly but effectively. I will start at square one - the snaffle!

When you bounce, you need to slow him down, gently pull the reins in, and then give him a nice squeeze. Its a reminder to the horse that they need to pull from behind and gait, not pace. It happens sometimes. I do that as soon as I feel the pace, I ask them to go back to a gait. Consistency, as with any other horse, is key. Also, when he goes back into his gait, relax again and let the pressure off (some people seem to forget to do that).
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