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trampis 05-11-2010 08:07 PM

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.

themacpack 05-11-2010 08:14 PM

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.

trampis 05-11-2010 09:47 PM

well, I know a hackamore is not technically a bit, but I think you knew what I was getting at..

equiniphile 05-11-2010 09:57 PM

Skip the hackamore and get straight to the snaffle
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mom2pride 05-11-2010 11:45 PM

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 are likely to cause alot of head flinging, and possibly rearing, if you simply start with a curb bit.

trampis 05-12-2010 07:40 AM

thanks for the input, I believe I will be looking for a snaffle bit. :-)

equiniphile 05-12-2010 11:31 AM

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

Squeak 05-12-2010 01:10 PM

Definitely a snaffle, a curb is not something you want to start with!

Just get a regular old O-ring.

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