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post #11 of 16 Old 03-11-2012, 09:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Cherie View Post
Bits are not kind or rough -- hands are.

Effective riders with educated hands can ride most horses in about any bit that is comfortable in that horses mouth.

I would hook up with a trainer for a few lessons on your horse and plan ahead for the trainer to help you with trying out different bits. [Every trainer has a wall in their tack room that looks like a store.] Let an educated effective rider help you determine if the problem is the bit (doubtful) or the technique of the rider. Chances are very good that it is rider error with poor hands (not quiet enough), poor balance (hands assist in balance) or poor timing (wrong time for contact and improper release for the right thing). What a horse does is usually a direct result (or a reflection - if you will) of the rider.
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post #13 of 16 Old 03-12-2012, 08:51 PM
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I would reccomend a simple egbutt french link snaffle as being one of the mildest bits, but it does all depend on the conformation of your horses mouth.

Some horses very much like a single jointed snaffle, some find it torture perticularly those with low palettes where the single joint can stab the roof of the mouth, or those with perticularly fleshy toungues where single joints can trap and pinch the tongue.

whilst it is true that it is the hands that cause severity in the horses mouth some bits generaly are designed to be gentler, have less of a pinching effect, to spread the pressure over a greater area, to prevent a nutcracker action and to have a less sharp action.

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Katee- looked at the website. Blimey that person has done their research! Haha looks good will read properly tomoz! Had a trainer in today and he says we're going to try bitless again as he watched her go round and said she's too sensitive? So we'll give that ago, fingers crossed
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post #15 of 16 Old 03-13-2012, 05:21 PM
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Any bit can be "kind". It's all in the way the rider uses it. You could ride bitless and still be rough. Ride with soft hands and you'll be fine.
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-21-2012, 09:57 PM
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If you're looking for a kind bit, try going without a bit altogether. And if you're having trouble steering your horse, use a rope halter and use the lead a your rein.
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