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        05-29-2008, 06:40 PM
      #1
    Foal
    Stronger bit?

    I currently use a full cheek twisted snaffle in my horses mouth. He has a strong head and it's hard to keep him in control when jumping. I am strong enough while were in the ring...he is fine seeing he is used to it but still fights approaching jumps. The problem is our barn just got a nice new set of cross country jumps in our pasture. Depending on what type of day it is he can sometimes be good and not take off after jumping. But, I was thinking about using a stronger bit to give him some brakes so I can work with him more out there so he gets used to it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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        05-29-2008, 07:17 PM
      #2
    Foal
    strong bit

    Hi there, I've had good luck with just doing circles. This will help the horse give to the bit better. Just sit on his back and walk him in circles using only the inside rein. Don't put any pressure on the outside rein. As he's walking, tighten the inside rein until he keeps slack in it. It just makes their mouths softer. I usually do it a few times each way as a warmup for my horses and to keep their mouths soft.
         
        05-29-2008, 07:42 PM
      #3
    Yearling
    Maybe a dutch gag (bubble bit) ? I'm not very good with bits, moo just has a snaffle
         
        05-29-2008, 08:15 PM
      #4
    Showing
    Re: Stronger bit?

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by We Control The Chaos
    I currently use a full cheek twisted snaffle in my horses mouth. He has a strong head and it's hard to keep him in control when jumping. I am strong enough while were in the ring...he is fine seeing he is used to it but still fights approaching jumps. The problem is our barn just got a nice new set of cross country jumps in our pasture. Depending on what type of day it is he can sometimes be good and not take off after jumping. But, I was thinking about using a stronger bit to give him some brakes so I can work with him more out there so he gets used to it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks
    Go back to basics and get him to respect your aids.
         
        05-29-2008, 11:34 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Okay I think I might need to re-phrase myself. He has good manners. But he gets excited when we're out in the pasture. He is very strong and can take off and gallop away....i think that's better
         
        05-30-2008, 01:00 AM
      #6
    Showing
    An elevator bit worked wonders in my friend's horse. I do not normally agree with switching bits just for control... thought I'd mention this one though. Here is a loose ring french link elevator: http://www.doversaddlery.com/french-...-0171/cn/1473/
         
        05-30-2008, 05:54 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
    An elevator bit worked wonders in my friend's horse. I do not normally agree with switching bits just for control... thought I'd mention this one though. Here is a loose ring french link elevator: http://www.doversaddlery.com/french-...-0171/cn/1473/
    Thats the bit I meant too
         
        05-30-2008, 08:24 AM
      #8
    Started
    Hmmm. I don't really know. I'll have a look at my theory book and tell you. Your saying that he is a heavy horse right?
         
        05-30-2008, 11:36 AM
      #9
    Started
    Going to a stronger bit is never the answer. You're just managing an impulsive horse's emotions but you aren't fixing it. What happens if he starts to ignore the harsher bit? Get another one? It's a vicious cycle.

    If he gets impulsive put him on a circle immediately. As you circle try to push him sideways while on the circle, this can really help calm a horse down. Keep him on the circle until you feel him relax and soften, then you can approach the jump again. The reason you want to do a circle is because the consistancy of it will help calm him down.

    Get smarter in your approach, not stronger.
         
        05-30-2008, 11:38 AM
      #10
    Yearling
    Its only in the field until he gets used to the jumps isn't it?
         

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