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post #11 of 14 Old 11-20-2008, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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hmmmm those are some great ideas! I have always used the lunge line.... barely used the round pen. but I will be starting him in a month or two on light saddle work and at the moment I am not sure how he will react without someone ponying us. Would it be best to use the round pen if it's not to nasty out? Also, do you prefer starting with or without a bridle?
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post #12 of 14 Old 11-20-2008, 04:06 PM
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I would advise using the roundpen for the first few rides at least. I never have liked being ponied on a green horse. I prefer direct contact between myself and the horse and riding in the round pen will help develop that. Everyone starts their horses a little differently but I always start mine in a loose ring snaffle. Some start them in a rope halter tho and others use a rawhide bosal. I think whatever you have been using to teach flexion and giving to pressure is best to continue using so you don't have to start over.

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Usually no if it's messy/muddy. ;) We have a nice indoor ring & some other places that are usually dry to ride in, so yeah.

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post #14 of 14 Old 11-20-2008, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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I've been using a loose ring snaffle, so i will just continue doing that :). he is getting his wolf teeth pulled on monday so i have been waiting a while to use the bit again. thanks for your advice!
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