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    11-14-2011, 08:40 PM
Reining bits-no clue!

Ok-I am new to reining. Have learned a TON in the last year or 2, but still.....a reforming h/j person, who is used to snaffles, so I am totally lost here. I have a friend who is also learning, so, we are learing together. Anyway-she sent her horse away last January to a well respected reining trainer. He did a great job with her mare, but here is the thing. It seems like nothing will do but the most expensive things going. Balding spurs (at about $500) and bits (also about $500), and only certain items will do, and HAVE to be from certain places.

Fast forward, and now my guy is at training-also a well known name in reining, but a different one. I am almost afraid to ask! I love buying nice things for my horse, but I do feel that that much bit or spurs is a bit TOO much.

What does everyone use? Aren't there other makers who make very similar products without having to have the name?

My showing will be regional at best. IT is not like I will be doing derbys or something. Mostly Greens.....time is limited, and I really just want to have fun.

I am also intimidated but leverage bits-but I know I will get used to them.....I have been a "snaffle" person too long......

I am also looking for BLACK spur straps, if anyone knows where I can get them.....reasonably.
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    11-14-2011, 10:41 PM
Don't listen to the yahoos who say $500 is a reasonable price for spurs. I got mine for $5 at a yardsale and they work just fine for me, and they look great too.

As for bits, you'll get used to the leverage. It's the same, just use a soft hand like you would with the snaffle though the contact for results may be differant. Don't worry, you won't kill him when you're just figuring it out. I use a curb with a roller. The most important thing is what type of mouthpiece your horse works in (Ports I've noticed have been a big thing with my horses. My gelding HATES ported bits for some reason, not sure why. So he rides in a non-ported curb with a barrel mouthpiece. But my little mare likes the Myler design. There's no need to get a $500 bit, just one that's made nicely and that your horse likes.
    11-15-2011, 06:16 AM
Lol-he is hardly a yahoo, but yeah-pretty much as I thought. He seems to forget that all of us are not riding in derbys! Shoot-I am still figuring out how not to get so dizzy, and stay on!
    11-15-2011, 01:51 PM
LOL, he must be one of those people who are more interested in name brand items than functionality. You can find bits that work exactly like those expensive ones for less than $100 (sometimes less than $50).

Like Sorrel said, you'll get used to the leverage, it will just take a bit of time to build up the feel on loose reins like you had on contact.
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    11-15-2011, 01:57 PM
Post a picture of the bit you're using and I'll bet someone can find a knock-off.
    11-15-2011, 02:38 PM
On average my bits are about $150 each. I like Mylar bits however there are many others brands that are quite nice as well. That is just my preference as it is with my trainer. I personally do not like the reinsman bits. Have tried several of them but just never could find one I or my horses really like.

Non of my horses are trained to just one bit. They will work no matter what bit you put in their mouth so for my horses it comes down to a few different things that come into play when I pick a bit for a given ride. I find that changing bits and using different ones is a good thing for you and your horse.

There is no reason you need a certain bit. You might want a certain TYPE of bit but most makers will make similar bits. Figure out what works best for you and your horse then look at different brands and makers and see what the difference is and the prices.

Now for spurs. I have about 5-6 pairs and again on average they are between $50-$100. I really wish they would make a really really nice spur with changeable rowels. Yet they do not. Bull riding spurs do and I have 2 sets of them for every day work with several different rowels.
    11-15-2011, 04:38 PM
Thanks-that makes sense with the bits for sure. I think I will try and go to the Myler clinic in this area-they have at least one a year, but in the meantime......I will wait until my trainer tells me exactly what is needed.

I can see myself having a selection of bits and spurs......I love shopping for stuff.....and will have fun with it for sure.

I am finding that at least with the 3 trainers we have experience with here...they are men of few words. If you don;t ask exactly the right question, you may not get the answer you are hoping for. Thanks so much.
    11-15-2011, 04:59 PM
Originally Posted by franknbeans    

I am finding that at least with the 3 trainers we have experience with here...they are men of few words. If you don;t ask exactly the right question, you may not get the answer you are hoping for. Thanks so much.
You will find that to be true of all trainers. I have yet in all my years of using trainers they are all like that.
    11-15-2011, 05:58 PM
That was what I thought. Busy men for sure. Just hard for me to get any info on how my horse is going-i am still 300 miles away.....
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    11-17-2011, 10:44 PM
Tom Baldings are nice and all but Bob Avila made a line of knockoffs through Professional Choice(I think) that are fairly inexpensive. I have a couple of them and I have no complaints. Matter of fact a trainer I rode for worked and shown in them

Good Luck!

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