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post #1 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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So I want to switch my horse from a simple snaffle bit to something where I have a little more control. Me and Koby are not comunicating well with the one ring snaffle bit right now. It is becoming dangerous where he isn't stopping and almost running into things. Switching bits is my last resort. I would love to ride with just a snaffle or even without a bit at all but right now I just can't see that happening. I have never had to switch bits before and am wondering which one to use. I could really use some help! Thanks!
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
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Oops! I just saw the other thread about bits! Sorry! I'll read that for info :)
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
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wow completely ignore everything I first wrote. Man do I have some learning to do!
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 02:34 AM
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it may be that he will need a different bit. But, there are ways to help a horse become more responsive to the bit, and it depends on how you ride him. I am glad you found some good information on the other bit threads.
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 03:40 PM
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Be careful going to a harder bit. If it is your hands and you are hard with new bit, then it wont get better but worse. Try working your horse with flexing and get it more responsive to the bit.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! Ya I deffinitely won't be getting a harder bit.
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Thanks! Ya I deffinitely won't be getting a harder bit.
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Just thought of something. Maybe swiching from a regular snaffle to a dogbone snaffle may help. That is what i use on all but my 2 year olds. It was one more break in it and may help a bit and not be a hard bit for your horse.
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 07:55 PM
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Kudos to you, Kayla, for trying to educate yourself and for realizing that using equipment to patch up problems is not the best approach.

I wish you much success with your boy!
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post #9 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 10:00 PM
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Instead of making going harsher (which your not, kudos!) try to go for something a little more lateral. If your having trouble steering him try a full cheek snaffle or a French link. Play around until you find one he likes... After all it is his mouth not yours. ;)
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-04-2012, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Instead of making going harsher (which your not, kudos!) try to go for something a little more lateral. If your having trouble steering him try a full cheek snaffle or a French link. Play around until you find one he likes... After all it is his mouth not yours. ;)
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Ya I will try and see what he is more comfortable with :) I'm not having a problem with steering, just stopping. Any tips would be great!

A Horse Is An Extension Of It's Rider...Both Cant Complete Their Tasks Without The Other <3
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