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introducing the bit
What are your tips/advice on introducing a green horse to a bit?
I have and old curb bit in my possession, but I like the looks of the hackamore.
I am a bit confused, as a hackamore is not a bit at all. A snaffle is the most frequently used/suggested bit for starting a horse.
well, I know a hackamore is not technically a bit, but I think you knew what I was getting at..
Skip the hackamore and get straight to the snaffle
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If the horse is green, you need to start with a snaffle bit, not a curb. The reason why is that your green horse most likely does not neck rein (which is how curbs are ridden with), and a curb doesn't offer 'single rein' pressure like a snaffle bit does. Your horse is also not going to be ready for all the extra pressure on his poll and chin, that a curb bit distributes, as he's not going to understand why it's there...you are likely to cause alot of head flinging, and possibly rearing, if you simply start with a curb bit.
thanks for the input, I believe I will be looking for a snaffle bit. :-)
Then teach neck reining if your Western by putting a rope loop around his neck. When you apply direct pressure to the bit, also pull the rope one way or anther so he gets the hang of neck reining. When you think he's ready, move him to a curb
Definitely a snaffle, a curb is not something you want to start with!
Just get a regular old O-ring.
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