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post #1 of 12 Old 11-17-2008, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Question What type of bit do you use for your young horses?

I am going to be starting to ground driving and saddle work here pretty soon. And I want to be prepared. I was wondering what type of bit you use on your young horses that you first start. Thanks in advanced.
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post #2 of 12 Old 11-17-2008, 05:51 PM
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How old? We use a snaffle bit. Often we use one that also has copper. Our Joshua is just learning. He's 3 1/2 and he uses a combo of the snaffle with a rope that's just over his nose. Sometimes, though, we don't use a bit at all. For some of the horses with a lot of miles on them we may use a bitless bridle.


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Snaffle, and something with copper to encourage the horse to mouth the bit. For driving, a driving snaffle!
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Hell be two in janurary. Im not planning on riding him till he's at least three maybe even three and a half. I am going to start groundriving him though this spring. Probably in may. I am just trying to get a head start and know what I am going to be using.
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-17-2008, 11:42 PM
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I use a KK Training and I have used it on all my horses regardless of what they were used to. Some people say its too soft, but I find that its good for training them and if you use them well a horses mouth will get more responsive.

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post #6 of 12 Old 11-18-2008, 06:36 AM
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I started in sidepull than switched to french link eggbutt. I think it depends on horse too. I used very mild sidepull on my qh for over a year. On other hand my paint didn't like sidepull (as she has very sensitive nose), and she liked the bit more.
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post #7 of 12 Old 11-18-2008, 07:07 AM
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I use a sidepull as well, tho those bitless bridles are very nice, too. For our mare we use a french training snaffle, but I always called it a mullen mouth. Our mare doesn't like the sidepull either.

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post #8 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 12:22 AM
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Loose ring snaffle. Always.
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How old? We use a snaffle bit. Often we use one that also has copper. Our Joshua is just learning. He's 3 1/2 and he uses a combo of the snaffle with a rope that's just over his nose. Sometimes, though, we don't use a bit at all. For some of the horses with a lot of miles on them we may use a bitless bridle.

I'm using the same one.
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post #10 of 12 Old 11-19-2008, 01:42 AM
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Love that bit. Our boy is a wonderfully good boy. We've been able to use a bitless bridle at times. I'm sure that when he gets a few more miles on him he'll be one of those once in a lifetime horses.

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