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Opinion on the Sweet Six bit please
Should I use this bit on my horse? I got him back from a lease and this is what the lady rode him in and she says he does good in it and he is soft, but should I get a snaffle even so?
This bit? Google Image Result for http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Ax9_xFfhcgY/SjagwAV4cWI/AAAAAAAADEQ/E6WhyrQfdAQ/s400/018.jpg
...yeah, I'd go back to a snaffle.
Oi vey. If it's the bit that aspin231 posted I would definitely go back to a snaffle.
If i were you I would try things out that work best for you and your horse, that bit may have been great for her, but you never know how it will be with you. s try things out and experiment
There was a bit like that in another thread a ways back and some barrel riders said that they are not as harsh as they appear. I have no idea. It is some sort of an elevator bit, that's all I know. I never use anything but a snaffle, but that's just what I learned.
OMG! this bit is awesome. i dont use one but two of my friends do and they love them. they arent as harsh as they look but they do have some "umph" to them. Both of them have big, heavy on the forehand horses that are extremely difficult to slow down/ get them to listen up on cross country.
Some people believe that these bits are "harsh" and that if you trained your horse well enough than you have no business using one. I disagree. My TB LOVES LOVES LOVES to take off with me on xc even though he is slow as a snail in stadium. ( so if this is your case then i would continue using it) and Ive tried numerous bits to try and get him to come back to me. and when he takes off, he throws his shoulders around and is hard to steer. dangerous combination and of course no one believed me except my mom/friend (who has a similar problem and uses the sweet six) now i use an elevator bit with double reins and i finally have control!. I dont believe he takes off from bad training, he just needs a harsher bit. every horse is different and if this bit works for you then go for it as long as you are gentle with his mouth. depending on your horse you may or may not need it. if he is fast and high strong, then go for it or use and elevator as a less harsh way....but if the lady was just using it to get him to "back off " the bit to get his head down, then dont use it, thats just reverse training. Sorry for ranting so much! i tend to get off topic :P
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