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post #1 of 8 Old 02-06-2008, 08:44 PM Thread Starter
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Can someone please tell me which bit is the best to use for training my 5yo tb to round up and flex at the poll because at the moment she is just running around with her head in the sky...If you know what i mean.....
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-06-2008, 09:20 PM
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A bit change isn't going to accomplish that goal.

This is the most recent thread on the subject...there are also quite a few on working with ottb's who have this problem, but I didn't feel like digging for them:p
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Well i dont exactly c how changing bit isnt going to accomplish my goal when you doit all the time to suit each horses needs? and she is being ridden in both a snaffle and a pelham so i dont see what is so hard abou saying whether a pelham is easiest or a snaffle..
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post #4 of 8 Old 02-06-2008, 10:27 PM
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If you really want to switch bits the pelham can help because you can add the second set of reins like draw reins.
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If she's already being ridden in both, don't you already know the answer to your question?
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post #6 of 8 Old 02-07-2008, 05:15 AM
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It's how you ride the horse, not the type of bit you use that achieves "on the bit". I would strongly recommend against draw reins, because all they do is pull the horses head in, so the horse is not in a true outline and it causes the horse to fall on the forehand. The impulsion needs to come from behind, you want the horse to have his hindquarters stepping underneath him and carrying himself in a nice frame. Do you have lessons with a qualified trainer? If not, I would recommend you do, as I think it would help both you and your horse alot! :)

Hope you get it sorted x x x

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post #7 of 8 Old 02-07-2008, 08:25 PM
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exactly what they said.

if you were to use a pelham for dressage to get your horse "on the bit" you would just be forcing your horse's head down rather than achieving roundness the right way.
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post #8 of 8 Old 02-07-2008, 11:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Sara
A bit change isn't going to accomplish that goal.
Yes! I hate how some people think that the bit will solve anything, when it's mainly the horse and rider need to "click".
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