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post #231 of 647 Old 11-08-2010, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Glad that I was able to help you out . There are a couple of threads in the horse tack/equipment section that detail the different types of snaffles and shanked bits, what are the mildest, what works, what doesn't, and whats practical.

Just to save you some searching, here are the links to those threads if you are interested in reading them.
Bit Information (Snaffle and English-Type Bits)
Bit Information (Curb and Western type bits and hackamores)

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post #232 of 647 Old 11-12-2010, 12:58 PM
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Well said, very informative. Thank you.
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post #233 of 647 Old 12-05-2010, 10:39 PM
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Very well said!

I am glad you posted this. My horse is usually very responsive, but had been having problems responding. I was particularly nervous on the trail. Some people recommended a harsher bit than the single snaffle he was in. I realized that the bit was pinching him. If I had listened to the well meaning idiots, my poor horse would be in a harsh bit because of my stupidity. Instead, he is in a happy mouth mullen bit and doing very well.
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post #234 of 647 Old 12-11-2010, 07:38 PM
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After reading this post I am going to try Romeo on a snaffle bit. I currently have been using a Tender touch (That is what my old BO told me to use on him...) He gives to pressure, breaks at the poll, flexes, but he is still learning (re-learning) how to go off of legs, and how to neck rein. But I would like to see if I could game him in a snaffle bit. Thank you for this thread Smrobs!

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post #235 of 647 Old 12-11-2010, 10:41 PM
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question time!

I do agree that well trained horses should go in a snaffle. In my situation I find it very hard to train my horse to listen to me when I ask him to slow down...We ride in a mylar boo-shay(no idea how to spell it D:) on the flat, and a bubble bit ( rein on the big snaffle part) at home for jumping...I use the bubble/elevator bit because at shows, for the cross country phase, I have to attach a bottom rein so I can control him since lately it has become a bit dangerous. I have tried to work with him at home in listening to me when I ask him to come back to me but he always listens for the most part and is an angel...Even xc schooling he is totally fine and doesn't run away from the bit. The only time I have a problem with him is when I'm out on course at a horse show and I'm stuck with an almost uncontrollable as well as an unbalanced horse resulting in run-outs.

Any tips on how to fix this? I'm honestly stumped with it...Adding the bottom rein and a curb chain helps 110%. With that said I have hopes that soon in the future my horse will respect me and will mature enough with my training that I will be able to go back to something a bit more mild.

Do you think it is wrong to use a stronger bit for my situation?


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post #236 of 647 Old 12-12-2010, 02:25 PM
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Fantastic post, Smrobs.
Beau goes fantastically in a bitless bridle, and when I do use a bit, he's in a french link contoured loose ring, or a mylar loose ring, and he rides like a dream.
I've never had to use anything harsher, although when I first got him they had a slow twist eggbutt snaffle on him. As soon as I could get to the tack store, he was put into a single link smooth full cheek and from there, we moved on to a rubber d-ring snaffle and then the loose ring, which is my all time favorite on him.
He does occasionally have issues with stopping/slowing down when he gets really excited, but that's when we go back to basics and work in an enclosed environment and do a little refresher course on his whoa. :)

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post #237 of 647 Old 12-12-2010, 02:42 PM
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Personally, I think bits are are a waste of time. There is no need for them, if you can ride - use your seat to control the horse. Like i've said in other posts, the first thing I do when faced with a difficult horse is remove the bit, more times than not a horse that runs, runs in-to the bit, take it away and they've got nothing to run in to.
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post #238 of 647 Old 12-12-2010, 02:49 PM
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:roll: Yup you're right, everyone who rides in a bit can't really ride.

Gotta love it when people over-generalize.

ETA - A horse can run very nicely into a bitless bridle also, it's far from impossible for them to brace against it.
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post #239 of 647 Old 12-12-2010, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes View Post
A horse can run very nicely into a bitless bridle also, it's far from impossible for them to brace against it.
Very true.
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When I have a horse who is rushing and not staying consistent with speed. There are several things you can do however one of the best I have found over the years is every time they start to speed up do a 45% turn. Then set the speed the second they start to speed up turn again. This gets the horse waiting to respond to you. If they think you are going to ask for something every time they speed up they will start waiting on you and not try to get ahead of you. Also make sure you change what direction you turn. Keep them thinking.

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