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post #21 of 31 Old 01-06-2013, 05:49 AM
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Either a simple snaffle or my sweet six life saver
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post #22 of 31 Old 01-06-2013, 04:58 PM
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Depends on the horse, most are just in snaffles or tom thumb (trying to get them changed, it's the BO's preference though). Have a couple that can't ride with a bit so we just go simple leather hackamore.
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post #23 of 31 Old 01-12-2013, 12:59 AM
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I use a halter and lead rope around the property, but when I leave the property I'll use a fleece lined hackamore. I feel very strongly against the bit for pleasure riding. I have put my Myler Combination bit on him a handful of times when he was being a butt during training, but it's designed to use nose pressure unless a certain amount of pull on the reins is used. I agree with you 100%, trust is everything! If your horse trusts you, then you don't need a bit. When a owner feels that they must use metal in the mouth for pain to control their horse, that's not the horses fault. I don't do shows, so my question is: Why do they require a rider to have a bit? Just something I always wondered. And why were those 7 judges so confident you couldn't control your horse without metal in his mouth?? I'm glad you proved them wrong, go you!!!
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post #24 of 31 Old 01-12-2013, 01:17 AM
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KK ultra Frenchlink loose-ring snaffle. My be all , do all bit.
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post #25 of 31 Old 01-12-2013, 01:36 AM Thread Starter
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I use a halter and lead rope around the property, but when I leave the property I'll use a fleece lined hackamore. I feel very strongly against the bit for pleasure riding. I have put my Myler Combination bit on him a handful of times when he was being a butt during training, but it's designed to use nose pressure unless a certain amount of pull on the reins is used. I agree with you 100%, trust is everything! If your horse trusts you, then you don't need a bit. When a owner feels that they must use metal in the mouth for pain to control their horse, that's not the horses fault. I don't do shows, so my question is: Why do they require a rider to have a bit? Just something I always wondered. And why were those 7 judges so confident you couldn't control your horse without metal in his mouth?? I'm glad you proved them wrong, go you!!!
I actually asked the 4h committee why riders had to have bits and they said it was for safety reasons. I gave them my two cents about bits being more damaging than a hackamore or bosal. ANY tool in the wrong person's hands is bad, but when you allow 10 year olds to use PORTED BITS and CORRECTION BITS, how is THAT for safety? I see kids and adults rip open their horse's mouths all the time. They say they don't tolerate abuse, but yet they can allow little kids to use correction bits with 10 inch shanks to yank on a horse's mouth and they can't allow an indian hackamore. It's a shame that SO MANY people depend on metal to work with their horses. At least I know that my horses have an owner who cares about their mouth and wants to have trust and respect. I want to be a partner with my horse, not a dictator.

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post #26 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 09:28 PM
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The horses head is one of the most sensitive parts of its body- you can do damage with a bit, bosal, or hackamore, if you really want to. Good riders know that you use your hands last to communicate with your horse. Will all of my horses ride in a bit, halter, bosal, or nothing? Yes. They are consistent across the board. To say a bosal or hackamore is gentle may be true for some people, but they can also hurt the horses face, as can a bit in the mouth, in the wrong hands. Just sayin! I'm sure not going to tell someone else what they should or shouldn't do- I try to focus only on how I handle my animals :)
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post #27 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 09:59 PM
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Late to the party. Frenchlink. It's what I use for everything with my guy. He gets tense without a bit- he's an anxious guy and a bit is what he's used to and was trained in. He gets confused and anxious when I ask him for anything beyond the most basic stuff in a halter, which leads to stiffness and even more anxiety and potential wrecks. I'm slowly retraining him to pay more attention to seat and legs than rein, but it's slow and the bit helps him feel relaxed and confident he knows what I'm asking for now.
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post #28 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 10:14 PM
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KK ultra Frenchlink loose-ring snaffle. My be all , do all bit.
My go-to bit as well!
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post #29 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 10:15 PM
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My favorite trail bit:

Myler Bit Stainless Steel HBT Shank
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post #30 of 31 Old 02-18-2013, 10:29 AM
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I ride my mare in all sorts of things. I am trying to expose her to everything while she is young to give her the best possible chance in life.
As of now we have used:

-Indian hackamore
-Mechanical Hackamore
-French-like snaffle
-Regular jointed snaffle

She responds to all, though her favorite is the mechanical hack (English fleece kind).

Next we are using a Little-S and a curb.

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