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    05-05-2013, 04:31 PM
Which Bit??

I have a horse that hates bits and I can't find one that he likes. Right now I am using a correction bit but, I think it is to harsh on him. He flicks his head up and down. I would use a hackamore but I do shows and they do not allow hackamores in shows unless they are green. I was thinking of one that had rubber on it so it would be softer for him. I don't want something that is to soft because he just doesn't listen and runs away with me. I really need help! Which bit should I use for my horse??????
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    05-05-2013, 05:04 PM
How old is he? When were his teeth done last? Do you neck rein or direct rein, or a combo of both? How well is he trained, finished or green?
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    05-05-2013, 05:12 PM
He is 12 and his teeth were just done. He neck reins and does English. He hates it when I touch his mouth that's why I try to use as much leg and less rein.
    05-05-2013, 05:14 PM
Have you tried him in something that has a 3 piece mouth like a dog bone as opposed to a solid or jointed mouthpiece?
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    05-05-2013, 05:21 PM
I have not. I was just on line looking at a dog bone bit. Hahaha
Have you heard of the lifesaver tender bit?
    05-05-2013, 05:27 PM
It looks like a gimmicky jr cowhorse bit. Jr cowhorses are nice, I use them for pattern work. Honestly with this horse I would go for a 3 piece full cheek snaffle, resolve the bolting problem and teach a good one rein stop, and then branch out into finding another bit.
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    05-05-2013, 05:38 PM
I like to ride my horses in a side pull most of the time, but found both of my horses do good in a simple french link snaffle.
    05-05-2013, 07:46 PM
If he hates when you touch his mouth, it's means he is not seeking out bit contact, so important for English and the vibration to the bit for western. Your horse needs to be re-taught to give to the bridle properly and seek out contact, otherwise you will be buying bits until the cows come home, and then some.
    05-05-2013, 08:07 PM
Check that your bit hanger is adjusted properly and that you have the right tension on the reins.

Some horses will take a lot of time and money finding the right bit that they are comfortable with........ but... see above.
    05-05-2013, 08:22 PM
My guess is that he's lacking training. I'd take him back down to a double jointed snaffle and work on getting him to relax with the bit and willingly respond.

Do you have a trainer/instuctor working with you to make sure his reaction isn't being caused by how you're riding him?

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