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post #1 of 6 Old 04-07-2012, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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What is a good bit to use when starting a western pleasure horse?
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-08-2012, 12:53 AM
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A full cheek sweet iron snaffle for training.

Snaffle or a bosal for showing in less than 6 years old. Shanked bit over 6 y/o with a medium port.
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Thanks a bunch!
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It depends on what bit you prefer and what you feel comfortable with.

Most people start in some kind of snaffle - be it a smooth mouth piece, slow twist, twisted wire, etc.
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I used a O ring snaffle bit when i started my horse out. Now using a thomb thumb on him and he has always done great.!

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Starting any horse, no matter what the final discipline the horse will be used for, a snaffle should always be the starting point.
The mouthpiece doesn't matter, as long as it's smooth (no twists).

As the horse progresses and starts learning self and proper carriage, a curb with a similar mouthpiece as the snaffle had is always good, with short, curved shanks.

Then, in pleasure, usually low ports come into play once the horse is truly finished off, and can be ridden soley on leg cues with a draped rein.

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