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post #1 of 4 Old 07-06-2008, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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What bit should I use to train my horse western pleasure

I recently purchased my first horse. This is my dream come true. Rio had 120 days training under saddle and was being ridden with a German martingale and a half-breed bridle (as explained by the owner/trainer) I believe the bridle is also called a side pull? I have been riding her with a tom thumb bit and regular western bridle. The owner of the barn I board her at shows and gives lessons, she recomends I get a bit with a twisted mouth and longer shanks. She also recomends a fork for my reins. I haven't purchased anything yet because I have found faults in some of her other advise and would like to research my choices. I am having trouble keeping Rio's head down consistently and she spooks occasionally at noises in the bushes around the riding arena. I would like to know if I should follow her advice or try something different. I have never shown, so this is something Rio and I are working towards together. I do not want to hurt her or myself.
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-06-2008, 07:34 PM
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If he is stopping, turning, and listening to you with the current bit, a twisted mouth is NOT needed and nor are longer shanks. You could try riding him/her in a tie-down.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-06-2008, 08:52 PM
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abby is so right. if he is doing fine with this bit, then no need to change just keep going the way your going. if he's not doing okay just shop around and try different bits until that one bit is right for him.


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post #4 of 4 Old 07-06-2008, 08:57 PM
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I would personally work him in an O-ring snaffle. I work my three year old in a padded one to be specific..

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