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post #11 of 16 Old 09-02-2012, 08:11 PM
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I don't understand why she'd want to put him in a bridle already. If so, he'd have to be shown with one hand, making it a lot more difficult on him, as far as communication goes. He's still a baby, let him excel as a baby!!! Is she going to show him in the futurities? ORHA season is over, right? There's no rush then, he's got two years to be two handed in a snaffle. If she rushes, it's likely there will be some holes in his training later on....not because of you or the way you've trained him!!!! lol
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^ My thoughts exactly.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #13 of 16 Old 09-02-2012, 08:46 PM
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Sounds like this horse is at a level 2 to me. If I understand it correctly it could be a broken mouth piece or a curb.
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post #14 of 16 Old 09-02-2012, 09:19 PM
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I wish I lived near you so you could ride my colt! I had the exact OPPOSITE happen to me. I have a 3 yr old cow bred horse that I took to a reliable trainer (60 days). He started him in a snaffle for about 2 weeks, then moved his to a twisted wire snaffle with shanks and a curb, then, in the final 2 weeks moved him to a 2 inch ported correction bit! I was furious to say the least. Since bringing him home, I have put him back in a snaffle and a german martingale- he is working great with it...but the trainer said martingales and training forks are crutches

I agree with the others, send her to the head trainer and let him/her deal with it.
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post #15 of 16 Old 09-02-2012, 09:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
This is a definite 'pass the buck' situation. Send her to the head trainer to explain why these horses are kept in snaffle and/or bosal for 5 years. Especially since the head trainer is on your side, it's going to be fairly easy and if she decides to try to find a new trainer, it won't be your fault. That's one of the ways it's nice when you're not the boss!

Ok, I'm curious as to why 5yrs? Most people I know keep their horse in a snaffle their whole life or move them up when ready, usually within a year of being ridden for the first time.
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post #16 of 16 Old 09-02-2012, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
Ok, I'm curious as to why 5yrs? Most people I know keep their horse in a snaffle their whole life or move them up when ready, usually within a year of being ridden for the first time.
Horses six or older cannot be shown in a snaffle or bosal. It's easier to communicate with young horses through direct reining in a snaffle, so why move them up if they're doing better in the snaffle for now?
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