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post #1 of 16 Old 04-13-2010, 08:29 AM Thread Starter
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Went bit less yesterday

We had the best ride yet yesterday.I have a 7 year old green paint.Ive had him since last july and he has progressed leaps and bound.He rides "Ok".The problems i have had.

> Always playing with his bit no matter what kind or how tight or how loose.
>His right hand turns suck.Always wants to turn left
>His stop sucks.It takes a while for me to get him to come to a complete halt.
>When i try to get him to back up he turns .Never backs up in a straight line so to speak.Its always a back and turning motion.

Two days ago the side of his mouth got pinched some how with the bit.So I desided to give it a shot without.I use CAs knotted rope halter so i hooked some ranes onto that and put his bridle on for added insurance just incase.I quickly realized that the bridle was not needed so i took it off.

After doing this he would
<Stop on a dime with just a whoo and a slight pull
<all i had to do was pull back lightly and cluck and he would back up in a straight line like a champ
<he rained so smoothly and i had him in a total spin at one point

It was the most relaxed ride.His head is normally always sky high and he was way more relaxed.He was on alert a little but for the most part it was more down.I had him in a full gallop and asked him to stop and he did it as soon as i asked.It was so great.
I dont know anything about this horse past except somewhere down the rode he was beat in the head.We have had to do major damage control with his ground manners and hes still not 100% but every time i got on him hes a different horse.I can tell whoever trained him did a great job i think he just picked up some bad habits along the way.Probably with who ever was whacking him.But obviously he was trained well if he is this perfect going bitless.
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post #2 of 16 Old 04-13-2010, 08:46 AM
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Pretty looking guy and I am glad it worked for you. I actually dug my old side pulls out and put them in the oiling pail to soak and drip dry. I am going to give them a try sometime this week
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post #3 of 16 Old 04-13-2010, 09:11 AM
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Congrats on a great ride! I have to say that your guy is very handsome!

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post #4 of 16 Old 04-13-2010, 09:13 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks but im totally bias .
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post #5 of 16 Old 04-13-2010, 09:11 PM
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wow, he is gorgious!!! Might I add, he looks a lot younger than 7. I'm glad it worked good for you.

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post #6 of 16 Old 04-14-2010, 12:01 AM
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Whew he's gorgeous! I don't think he looks young, I think he's just a little narrow in front.

Congrats on the breakthrough! Bitless is scary for people for some reason, it is all about the bit and people think it is the be-all end-all to everything. I'm glad you have found something that works!

Depending on your discipline.... maybe a bosal? Or, I invested in a Dr. Cooks, and I love that thing!

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[QUOTE] Congrats on the breakthrough! Bitless is scary for people for some reason, it is all about the bit and people think it is the be-all end-all to everything. I'm glad you have found something that works! [QUOTE]

Yea I dont fully understand why its scary to some......??

But either way congrats. I ride my boy bitless, in a english hackamore and rode my now retired TB in a crossover. Your fella looks like a darling, lovely colour too.
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post #8 of 16 Old 04-14-2010, 08:36 AM
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So did I. For the first time in 4 years I put on the side pulls and went for a run. While he is absolutely no problem without the bit the quickness, the softness is not there. I rely on the weight of the rein, not the pull , the weight of lifting a rein or shifting the rein to cue the horse.
Without the bit this sensitivity of weight is gone and you rely more on the slight pull. Voice commands still work the same, all but the easy while loping.
While I will continue to run bitless I will switch back and forth testing, fine tuning with the bit and unless the weight thing, the rounding doesn't come back I will go back to full time bit.

Riding bitless doesn't make a horse softer, it makes us feel better and we kid ourselves about how we can ride without a bit???
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post #9 of 16 Old 04-15-2010, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Yesterday i went to ride again without the bit..Mind yall that i ride him in the pasture that is about 2 acres so if he gets away he isnt going far.I will not be taking him on trail bit less for a while.But yesterday i went out and just walked him around and fined tuned his stops.I am in the process of when i ask him to stop he stops and takes a step back.Diegos stops have always been "Ok lets take a few steps forward and maybe she will think i stopped).His stops are WAY better without the bit.I think he was trained bit less from the start because its almost like he has said"OMG finally she realizes i dont need that thing in my mouth"..lol

I will be working on his stops and some voice commands for a week or so.As far as what im using..NOTHING..His halter with some rains attached.I looked into Dr cooks and I really like those Bridles but I really dont know anything about all this and really dont know what he needs.Should I get Dr Cooks should I get a hackamore..What are my options and what are they used for is what i need to know/..Is it ok to keep doing it this way or should I get something better.
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post #10 of 16 Old 04-15-2010, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Oh and im pretty sure he is about 7.He is a pit refined in the front but i think that is because he has had a long lazy winter.Hes already started bulking up a bit in the rump im sure the chest will fill out in due time.
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