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FireFlies 05-29-2011 12:45 AM

What bit do you start in?
I decided to post this question here because I wasn't sure if Reiners use a different bit to start a horse in than say...if you were just training a horse for western?
What bit do you train your reining horses in and what do you "graduate" them to when their done training?

I've learned that a simple snaffle is good, does this apply to reining as well?
Your patience with me is appreciated as I am pretty new to this sport :)

tinyliny 05-29-2011 01:02 AM

I would think a snaffle with a flat side to it like a d ring or egg but or full side would be good for starting in any disciplline

FireFlies 05-29-2011 01:03 AM

Mmm.. I figured but I wasn't sure. I also love to hear what other people use ;P

nrhareiner 05-30-2011 02:08 PM

Mine are started in a snaffle. Several different types and they are moved back and forth between several. Kind of what ever is easy to grab that day.

SorrelHorse 05-30-2011 09:35 PM

Same. Mine start in a snaffle, and like NRHAreiner said, whatevers easy to grab! I have a kinda of older O ring that I don't mind it if gets slobbered, frothed, or beat up so I put that on for the VERY VERY first time. After that, they shouldn't mind the cheek so much as the mouth piece.

Reininginga 06-03-2011 07:35 PM

I start all mine in a snaffle, usually a D ring with copper mouthpiece. I will then progress to a transition bit in the beginning of the 3 yr old yr, usually a snaffle mouthpiece with a short shank or a billy allen mouthpiece with a california shank. After that it depends on the horse what curb I use but a mild correction is the 'most' I have ever had to use.

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