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post #11 of 16 Old 03-11-2013, 10:59 PM
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If you're putting the reins on the bottom ring, like a typical western bit, the broken mouth piece will make the communication very unclear. I strongly suggest getting a solid mouth curb bit or a simple snaffle (NO shanks!)


I'll let someone better at training western horses help with teaching a horse to neck rein in a curb bit.
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post #12 of 16 Old 03-11-2013, 11:02 PM Thread Starter
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You cannot ride that bit to show AQHA/APHA shows.

Under 6 years old, the horse may be ridden in a simple snaffle, bosal hackamore, or ported curb bit. Over 6 years old, all horses must be ridden in a ported curb bit. Ported curb bits cannot have a broken mouthpiece.
This I know.... It's just to get her used to it:) probably won't show her for a couple months.... Just depends how the process goes

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Thanks!! But how do I just get her used to riding her with a bit...no Matter what bit

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If you have to ask how to educate a horse to a new bit, that particular bit is much too strong and complicated for your skillset.

I always educated my horses to the plain snaffle, and then with many years of training, I will educate them to a medium port curb bit. Never had any problems with doing so.

I've ridden horses in Tom Thumbs, and the only thing you can do is NOT touch the bit because most horses aren't educated to it, and it is intrinsically a confusing bit to teach a horse to navigate, especially if you don't know how.

Get a plain snaffle with no shanks and teach your horse to flex and bend in that bit by direct-reining and using leg pressure. Educating your horse to the snaffle is simply a matter of pressure-and-release, and teaching the horse to use the sides of the bit in order to avoid the nutcracker effect when both reins are pulled directly back. Leg aids should work in conjunction with the use of the bit.
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If I put the reins in the middle will that help?... Sorry bout all the questions... Never switched before:):):)

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If I put the reins in the middle will that help?... Sorry bout all the questions... Never switched before:):):)

Let me put it this way. Throw out your jointed leverage bits. They are too strong and NOT clear communication tools, especially for uneducated horses.
Get a snaffle. Either just a single joint, regular snaffle or I prefer the double jointed ones. Teach the horse - from the ground, to turn their head with pressure on the bit. So apply a small amount of pressure on the right rein, when the horse turns their head right, release the pressure. Repeat this both directions until the horse is giving politely. Then get on and practice in motion. When the horse is giving well to the bit start including neck reining. Touch the rein to the horse's neck - then a second later pull the rein to turn them, eventually the horse will turn with the neck pressure before you need to pull a rein.

Personally I wouldn't bother switching out of a snaffle. But if you must for showing use a ported curb bit.
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