I start a horse in some kind of snaffle bit; my first few rides are normally with a rope halter though as that is what they have been extensively worked with, as far as learning how to give to pressure. I do get them used to the bit, I just don't ride them right away in it; and often I wind up riding 'mostly' with the halter...Lol!
I don't ride in side reins or draw reins (if I use them on that horse) until much later; they may be getting used to them on the ground with a syrcingle, but that in no way means that they will still understand it from the saddle right away.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 10-29-2009 at 02:07 AM.