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post #1 of 39 Old 02-02-2009, 05:37 PM Thread Starter
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Which training bit!!!!

so my new horse is crazy, and im gonna train him better. and i want to know what bit i should use. iv'e been told snaffles work but that is what he is on right now and NO way it does not work on him!!!!!! so im looking for a nice not pricey bit that would help. (if you could post pics that would be helpful)
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Perhaps a little more information would be helpful. Are you riding english or western? What exactly do you mean by "crazy"? In what ways is he acting up? Snaffles are your regular basic bit that work for many people, including myself. I wouldn't be in a hurry to change bits simply because he is acting up. His behaviour could stem from many reasons. Perhaps the bit is too tight or too loose. How old is your horse?

More info would really help me answer the question.

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I ride both. But i mostly ride English, I already have a Western bit that is helpful but I need one for the complete English look. His temperment is a 9, and he's all about GO, GO. He will turn out of now where, and im getting sick of it. He just turned 7.
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I think that at this point, a change of bit isn't really going to help you. If his hotness factor is #9, then he needs a complete attitude adjustment. He is not respecting you at all by doing this and is probably running away from the bit and evading contact, by the sounds of it. I would strongly advise getting a knowledgeable trainer to work with him and perhaps lessons as well.

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ok...thank you
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ok...thank you
No problem, sorry I couldn't help more. I just really think the bit isn't the problem at this point. Hope things work out with him, keep us updated!

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ok, thank you for helping, and i will;)
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I also agree with Jubilee. Getting a stronger bit will only mask the problem and not solve it. What happens when he doesn't respond to that bit?
I think you should go back to basics and start from there. Do a lot of groundwork, make sure he knows when you say whoah (or whatever word you want to use) that he stops (or slow down, whatever you want)

Did you test ride him before you purchased him? If you did, what bit were they riding him in?
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yes, i did ride him before. when he does respond to the bit i just was wondering if there was a bit to help him to stop the bolting. and i would like to re-train him, and that is the main reason why i need a training bit. yikes, i cant even remember what bit i used.
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Oh, if bolting is your problem then no bit in the world can fix it! If a horse wants to bolt, they WILL bolt. A harsher bit will only cause more discomfort in those moments of fear and will making him want to run even more. I totally agree with Jubilee Rose. Start at the basics. Get out of the saddle, take the bit out of his mouth, and do some good old fashion ground training. Get a trainer to help you. You need to build a strong foundation with you horse on the ground before you ever try to fix things in the saddle. I harsher bit will only make things worse. Harsher bits are meant to refine a horses already learned skills, not to try to hammer the skills into a green horse. When you do return to working with a bit, get a snaffle that fits him properly, but definitely start with a snaffle.

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