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post #1 of 6 Old 05-29-2011, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
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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 :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 05-29-2011, 01:02 AM
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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
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Mmm.. I figured but I wasn't sure. I also love to hear what other people use ;P
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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.

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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.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-03-2011, 07:35 PM
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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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