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post #141 of 647 Old 09-24-2010, 06:56 PM
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I started my boy bitless, then went to a bridle, then went back to bitless. Personally, I don't think it matters much - although as always the horse will often dictate what the horse needs.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #142 of 647 Old 09-24-2010, 07:01 PM
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I'm starting latte in a bit and eventually will go bites for endurance and butted for everything else.

I find a bit makes it easier to reach lateral bend in the beginning.
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post #143 of 647 Old 09-24-2010, 07:03 PM
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I always hear people say that about the bending. I guess I just got lucky. Never had problem one and he was in a halter first until I could find a bit that was big enough for him.

Unless it weighs a ton... it's just a horse. Draft horse motto.
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post #144 of 647 Old 09-24-2010, 09:05 PM Thread Starter
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I think you should use whatever feels right for you and your mare. I prefer starting in a snaffle because that's what I know and what I'm comfortable with but there are many, like Solon, that have wonderful results with bitless. Start her with what you want and if you don't like the feel of it, then you might want to try something different.

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post #145 of 647 Old 09-24-2010, 09:23 PM
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Thanks, guys. I love having horsie people who can help me through issues. I brought it up today with my mom and her response was, "I don't really know what you're talking about." I'm just going to go ahead and order her a new bit(her current is a bit snug) and start with that. If I don't like how she's responding i'll switch.
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post #146 of 647 Old 09-24-2010, 10:01 PM
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Where I come from they are used even more then a bit for refinement.
I should get out and see more western events nrha!

I can see why they would add extra refinement, and I wish I had that kind of skill.

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I should get out and see more western events nrha!

I can see why they would add extra refinement, and I wish I had that kind of skill.

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So you're telling me I should train Soda to be a reiner?
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Soda would make one gorgeous reiner *drools*. Just give me one more reason to sneak up and steal him .

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post #150 of 647 Old 09-24-2010, 10:39 PM
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Smrobs, you come up here to the land of snow and ice or mosquitos and mud and you can take him for a ride. I'd like to pick your brains about training anyways. I'm becoming more and more tempted to start taking on project horses, but I'm not sure if I have the skill.
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