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        09-24-2010, 05:56 PM
      #141
    Green Broke
    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.
         
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        09-24-2010, 06:01 PM
      #142
    Trained
    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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        09-24-2010, 06:03 PM
      #143
    Green Broke
    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.
         
        09-24-2010, 08:05 PM
      #144
    Showing
    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.
         
        09-24-2010, 08:23 PM
      #145
    Green Broke
    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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        09-24-2010, 09:01 PM
      #146
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by nrhareiner    
    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.
         
        09-24-2010, 09:29 PM
      #147
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
    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.

    Yes come join the dark side. We have cookies brownies pie and at times homemade Pizza. Come join us.
         
        09-24-2010, 09:32 PM
      #148
    Trained
    So you're telling me I should train Soda to be a reiner?
         
        09-24-2010, 09:33 PM
      #149
    Showing
    Soda would make one gorgeous reiner *drools*. Just give me one more reason to sneak up and steal him .
         
        09-24-2010, 09:39 PM
      #150
    Trained
    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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