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post #1 of 5 Old 04-09-2012, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of bit to start an older horse in?

I have decided to put my 12 year old gelding in a bit (he's ridden bitless his whole life but is starting to ignore it). What's the best kind of bit to start him with and how do I introduce it to him?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-09-2012, 04:08 PM
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I would start him in the mildest bit you can find. Generally speaking, the mildest bit is a french link snaffle. I ride my coming three-year-old in an eggbutt french link snaffle and he's great in it.

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When I went to a bit for my senior Paso Fino I bought a french link snaffle & she accepted it & does wonderfully (previously bitless).
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I wouldn't start an older horse in any different type of bit then I'd start a young horse. I typically use a O-Ring snaffle or a Full Cheek snaffle. I do like the french links but don't own one.

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As others have said, go as mild as possible. I generally start them in a 3 pc Myler loose ring snaffle, most do really well with it. The exception has been a mare that had scars on her tongue from previous bit damage and was extremely sensitive, I started her in a rubber mouth snaffle.

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