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        09-17-2010, 03:37 PM
      #81
    Showing
    Aha!!
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    Really mild bit . LOL, gotta love those quirky horses.
         
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        09-17-2010, 04:03 PM
      #82
    dee
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Aha!!
    Soft Rubber Loose Ring Snaffle Bit|Rubber Bits|Loose Ring Bits|Snaffle Bits|Horse Bits|Bits
    Really mild bit . LOL, gotta love those quirky horses.
    That's pretty much like it. OMG that price has gone up! I paid $5 for the two I had.

    I used to think Sugar was quirky...Then I met Dancer!
         
        09-17-2010, 09:05 PM
      #83
    Foal
    I agree. But I still maintain that going bitless and eventually progressing to a jumping hackamore (pretty much a basic English bridle with the bit taken out, and a slightly more substantial noseband) is something everyone should give a shot. If it doesn't work, oh well. But it's amazing the difference it makes.
         
        09-17-2010, 09:12 PM
      #84
    Trained
    First a well trained horse it does not matter what bit you put in their mouth they should respond in kind. I bitless bridle is not an option for nor would I use one if it was.

    It does not matter what you put on your horse from bittless bridle, snaffle to a cathedral port shank bit they can all be very harsh bits. Does not matter. It is all in the hands of the rider.
         
        09-17-2010, 09:20 PM
      #85
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by BitlessForHappiness    
    But it's amazing the difference it makes.

    This is the statement that I always have a problem with. It should say "But it's amazing the difference it CAN make."

    I've tried the bitless route with my horse and he highly disliked it. So much that he actually injured himself because he was concentrating on how much he disliked the face pressure.

    Soda is ridden in a french link snaffle and I rarely put anything but the softest pressure on it. I'm not a perfect rider but I'm well aware of the impact of my hands and their place in the cycle of asking for a response. I'm not a hard handed rider in a snaffle, curb, or bitless but my horse has shown me that he doesn't like the bitless route.

    Granted I was using the Dr. Cook bridle and it may be that that particular mechanism is what he has a problem with. It's possible that he may be completely happy with a bosal, hackamore, or a simple sidepull. But he's also perfectly happy in his simple french link. I'd know it if he wasn't, he's a tempermental sensitive boy and he lets you know very quickly when he doesn't like what you're doing. I joke with my friends sometimes that he's training me more than I'm training him.

    Either which way he will be tried out and trained in (if he doesn't show extreme dislike or discomfort) in a bosal, curb, and sidepull. But for now he's happy and I'm getting my point across in a gentle teaching manner so it works for us.

    Sorry if I'm hammering on this point too much, but it's a pet peeve of mine how someone (not specifically you Bitless) can be so adamant that one way is the "one true path." Especially with something as individual as a horse's preference. *steps off pedastal*
         
        09-17-2010, 10:09 PM
      #86
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
    Sorry if I'm hammering on this point too much, but it's a pet peeve of mine how someone (not specifically you Bitless) can be so adamant that one way is the "one true path." Especially with something as individual as a horse's preference. *steps off pedastal*
    That is SO TRUE about so many things, and with so many people in the horse world I am finding out unfortunately...some people just have a VERY strong opinion and believe that theirs is the only "right" way and everyone else is misinformed :roll:
         
        09-18-2010, 11:04 PM
      #87
    Foal
    I understand that. I'm more meaning the horses that are always throwing their heads and swishing tails and "misbehaving". I didn't mean to gear it towards anyone, just suggest it.
         
        09-18-2010, 11:26 PM
      #88
    Foal
    If you have bonded well with your horse, a halter should be all you need.
         
        09-18-2010, 11:29 PM
      #89
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by ruger    
    If you have bonded well with your horse, a halter should be all you need.

    Has nothing to do with bonding with your horse. It is called training. I can drop bridle on my horses and run a full reining pattern. WHy? B/C they are well trained horses. Does not matter what I put in their mouth. Rules dictate what can and can not be used. So that is what I have hanging in my tack room. Haters are not allowed.
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        09-18-2010, 11:29 PM
      #90
    Showing
    A bond has absolutely nothing to do with it, it's about refinement. You can't get that in a halter.
         

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