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post #1 of 4 Old 11-26-2013, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Best Bit

What is the best jumping bit for a horse who runs through a bit and doesnt respond un-less it's a harsh bit, this is only temp, until summer when i can re train her to be less non responsive..
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post #2 of 4 Old 11-26-2013, 04:22 PM
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No bit is going to fix a horse that runs through bits. Instead of putting a band-aid on a bleeding artery stop jumping, go back to basics and fix the problem. Horses do not have hard mouths they have stiff bodies. Start back with the basics and so lots exercises to soften her body. Get control of her five body parts: head and neck, shoulder, rib cage and hind end; and the running though the bit problem will take care of itself.

Putting a stronger bit on her is doing her a disservice and setting yourself up for a wreck. Take the time now and fix the problem.
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post #3 of 4 Old 11-26-2013, 04:32 PM
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Agreed--no BIT fixes this problem.
WINTER is the BEST time to retrain. It's too cold to work really hard, so you need to work SMART. Your horse needs a couple of months of, "Oh, NO, you DIDN'T!!" when you ask for a halt and a half-halt and he won't listen. Start on the ground and DEMAND perfect halts. Get somebody to teach you to drive from the ground and you can REALLY control him. Use a snaffle that he is comfortable with, and maybe play around with a bosel or just a cavesson when he starts to listen and when you ground train, too so that he flexes when he halts.
Horses have excellent hearing. Use English and whisper. It's the same concept as using ounces of pressure. When you get back to jumping, make the jumps very low and ask him to jump them from a walk and from a halt. He MUST listen to you, the rider, or else we'd be showing them with puppets aboard in every class. Savvy?

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-26-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Makes sense, i was planning to pretty much re train her start with just listening with a halter kinda thing in the round pen and ground basic's but posted this if it didnt end up working, this was for a back up plan. But a simple Snaffle will work on a jumping horse
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