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post #1 of 9 Old 09-17-2010, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Starting my mare

I just bought a new mare a few days ago. She isn't broke and we have decided to do her training ourselves. I've trained a couple other horses for my dad when I was younger, but the bit they started with was always chosen by him. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions on what bit to start her in? Or if someone has ideas about hackamores. I have a hackamore and a bitless bosal at the farm. Any suggestions would help alot. I've been reading that a loose ring snaffle is the best but any more information would be helpful! Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-17-2010, 11:45 AM
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I would go with the snaffle, just make sure it fits her mouth properly. She's a nice looking mare. Will you let us know how it goes?

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post #3 of 9 Old 09-17-2010, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Oh I'll definitely let you know how it goes. I'll keep pictures updated and add to this to let you guys know how it goes.
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post #4 of 9 Old 09-17-2010, 11:49 AM
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We have been training Hunter for the past 6 months and have only used a bitless on him, which has been working very well. When I start him on the bit I will be using a snaffle as well. Cute mare.
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When I start my horses I usually just use a halter or a bosal. This way I can teach them directions without ruining their mouths right away. Because horses at first don't understand directions and the bit they pull against it and that ruins their mouths. Thats why I always start with a halter or hackamore.

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post #6 of 9 Old 09-17-2010, 04:32 PM
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I start all my youngsters in a simple loose ring snaffle and haven't ruined a mouth yet. A snaffle can be as mild or as harsh as you want it to be and IME, there are certain times when a young horse might benefit from an uncomfortable bump to the mouth for a behavior that is unacceptable (much like giving a child a pop on the butt for purposefully dumping juice on the floor). It is more about what you are comfortable using and what you think the horse would benefit from most, whether it be a bit or a bitless.

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post #7 of 9 Old 09-17-2010, 05:18 PM
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I started my mare with a hackamore, then went into a loose ring snaffle, then after having her fully neck reined, stopping with little pressure, backing up easily, and relaxed at all gates, I'll be moving to a low port curb bit for western eventing.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-17-2010, 05:33 PM
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Either a snaffle or a hackamore can be used to start a horse. It really depends on what you are more comfortable using. Very pretty mare, by the way. She looks to have a nice soft eye from the picture.
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-19-2010, 02:10 PM
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I usually start my horses in a halter, then work up to a side pull (or bossel) and then work to a bit when they need it.
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