snaffle to start under saddle??
i have a 2 and a half year old colt who we are gonna start under saddle soon. i have read everywhere that a snaffle is best to start colts with. so i went out and bought a d ring snaffle with the rubber thats around the mouthepiece. i dont know what its called lol:oops:. was that a good move or not? what do you guys think about starting with that bit? i was told not to use an o ring because of it pinching.
A snaffle is the best thing to start a horse in yes, and i even recommend keeping them in one.
I start them with just halters and get them bending really nice and stopping/backing up with light pressure so that it will transfer to the bit.
Another reason you want to start with a snaffle is because they are meant for direct pressure - shanked bits are not. Shanked bits are designed for neck reining, though many people dont know this and use them anyway, most often when they feel they need a harsher bit. In this case, they should really consider going back to the snaffle and re-training the horse.
A snaffle will help with bending and turning. Shanked bits are meant to encourage collection on a very loose rein. In other words, meant for horses that have already been properly schooled in the snaffle and taught to neck rein and therefor listen well to the bit, not the other way around.
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I've been out of the loop, training wise, for quite some time, but I used to start young horses in full cheek snaffles.
I recently started my 3 year old in a Full cheek snaffle. He absolutely loves it and I plan to keep him in it. He's going to be my next barrel racer and I plan on training and competing in the full cheek with him. I like the full cheek because if they start to act up and you have to add a bit more pressure to the rein you have less of a chance of pulling it through their mouth than with a d-ring or and o-ring. Also do a ton of bridle work on the ground first it really helps once you get into the saddle =)
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