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post #1 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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introducing the bit

What are your tips/advice on introducing a green horse to a bit?

I have and old curb bit in my possession, but I like the looks of the hackamore.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 08:14 PM
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I am a bit confused, as a hackamore is not a bit at all. A snaffle is the most frequently used/suggested bit for starting a horse.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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well, I know a hackamore is not technically a bit, but I think you knew what I was getting at..
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 09:57 PM
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Skip the hackamore and get straight to the snaffle
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-11-2010, 11:45 PM
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If the horse is green, you need to start with a snaffle bit, not a curb. The reason why is that your green horse most likely does not neck rein (which is how curbs are ridden with), and a curb doesn't offer 'single rein' pressure like a snaffle bit does. Your horse is also not going to be ready for all the extra pressure on his poll and chin, that a curb bit distributes, as he's not going to understand why it's are likely to cause alot of head flinging, and possibly rearing, if you simply start with a curb bit.

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-12-2010, 07:40 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for the input, I believe I will be looking for a snaffle bit.
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post #7 of 8 Old 05-12-2010, 11:31 AM
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Then teach neck reining if your Western by putting a rope loop around his neck. When you apply direct pressure to the bit, also pull the rope one way or anther so he gets the hang of neck reining. When you think he's ready, move him to a curb
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-12-2010, 01:10 PM
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Definitely a snaffle, a curb is not something you want to start with!

Just get a regular old O-ring.

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