08-17-2009, 10:06 AM
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I start all of mine in a sidepull. I like them lots. Just be prepared the first time they go in a bit to have some confusion - a bit applies pressure on the opposite side of the mouth, so they can get their wires crossed at first. We transition from sidepull to big, loose ring snaffle. Sidepulls are great for teaching direct and neck reining. I've always found that when they move to a snaffle from a sidepull, they find their frame quickly and are sensitive to the bit. It's so nice to teach them to stop bitless too, it's a nice feeling to know you have a horse that you don't have to drag to a stop!