Just starting out and need some help PLEASE
I hope you all can put up with me for a while. I am just getting started in reining and have oh so many questions.
I think I will start and probably stick with AQHA shows. This is to be FUN for me and the horse and to be very honest I don't care if I ever win anything just as long as it is fun and I don't make my horse look stupid.
One thing I am having a hard time with is a bit choice. I have a seasoned vetran horse. He was trained by one of the best and then passed around for a while due to no fault of the horse. I had him shown by a trainer when I first purchased him and lets just say that did not go as well as I had hoped, so asking this person for help will not probably get me very far.
I have bought books and DVD's to try to futher my knowledge on the sport and learn some of the ques I was lacking. We are still getting things figured out so to speak but my horse is a SAINT and just takes care of me and never gets upset or impatient with me when I screw something up.
I have been riding him in just a plain old snaffle, but from what I have read since he is not a young horse I need to move him up in bits to be able to show. He rides well in a snaffle and is relaxed and responds to ques. I am leary of putting to much bit in his mouth from a previous bad experince he has had at the hands of someone else. I want the horse to stay happy and relaxed and not fret someone will rip his face off. What is the least amount of bit I can get away with in the show pen?
I could ride this horse with a string around his neck so control is not a worry.
There are many many bit choices out there. With showing an aged horse he will need to be in a bit. My reiners will work in any bit I put on them. Just the way there where trained. With out really knowing this horse I would start with just a 1 1/2 inch correction type bit and go from there. What it comes down to really is YOUR hands not the bit.
I use a medium port , most people i show with ride with a correction or medium port. you would have to ride him in a few different bits to see which he works well in, but DON'T do this till you have someone to help you
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