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    12-28-2009, 06:22 PM
  #11
Banned
It is similiar to the Wonder Bit which was designed for gaited horses.
Wonder Bits

My friend swears by her wonder bit
     
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    12-28-2009, 10:28 PM
  #12
Weanling
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Originally Posted by wild_spot    



This is very close-minded. Even if a horse hates a gag and goes wonderfully in a snaffle, she will keep them in a gag?

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Probably. She's got her reasons I'm guessing. Who am I (or you) to tell her otherwise. It's apparantly worked for her for a very long time on a large working cattle ranch
     
    12-28-2009, 10:58 PM
  #13
Foal
I have three over sensitive horses, One of them is an OTTSTB and the owners who rescued him had ABSOLUTELY no clue what a horse really even was, but they felt bad for him (and another stallion) becaue they were going to the meat truck... (bad combo) anyways I guess they went to the tack shop found a "pretty bit" that was cheap and bought two of them (i looked at it and researched it... turns out to be a gag it), the horse flipped over backwards (literally) and broke the mans back. They considered him a bad horse and kept trying to give him away so I took him and now ride in a rope halter. I ride WP and barrels, WP I don't think you can ride in gags (please please please correct me if im wrong!) and in barrels its not nesscary for my horse. I think every one has an opinion and mine is not to use a gag, id prefer my rope halters. The hardest bit I use is a twisted egg but (and curbs but only for my finished horse in WP CLASSES not practice)
     
    01-08-2010, 11:51 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by I love Arabs    
i have three over sensitive horses, One of them is an OTTSTB and the owners who rescued him had ABSOLUTELY no clue what a horse really even was, but they felt bad for him (and another stallion) becaue they were going to the meat truck... (bad combo) anyways I guess they went to the tack shop found a "pretty bit" that was cheap and bought two of them (i looked at it and researched it... turns out to be a gag it), the horse flipped over backwards (literally) and broke the mans back. They considered him a bad horse and kept trying to give him away so I took him and now ride in a rope halter. I ride WP and barrels, WP I don't think you can ride in gags (please please please correct me if im wrong!) and in barrels its not nesscary for my horse. I think every one has an opinion and mine is not to use a gag, id prefer my rope halters. The hardest bit I use is a twisted egg but (and curbs but only for my finished horse in WP CLASSES not practice)
Excellent point--"pretty bit", I've seen that before--you need to not only research what bits do, but introduce them carefully to your horse. Try to feel/imagine what it would feel like if you were the horse with the bit and bridle . . . . What are they asking for? And heavy hands . . . That's really true, too. The "cruelest" bit can make a horse light and responsive if the rider knows what they're doing; likewise, the gentlest bit can tear up a horse's mouth with a hard/heavy hand (I've seen it <cringe>).

Moral of the story--ask questions, study, ask questions, think, and try your decision bit gently with a light hand!!!

Happy trails, Renee
     
    01-08-2010, 12:43 PM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by I love Arabs    
i have three over sensitive horses, One of them is an OTTSTB and the owners who rescued him had ABSOLUTELY no clue what a horse really even was, but they felt bad for him (and another stallion) becaue they were going to the meat truck... (bad combo) anyways I guess they went to the tack shop found a "pretty bit" that was cheap and bought two of them (i looked at it and researched it... turns out to be a gag it), the horse flipped over backwards (literally) and broke the mans back.
It's hard to blame the bit when the person had no idea how to handle the horse. It seems to me like the horse could have done the same thing regardless of what the bit was.
     
    01-14-2010, 02:57 AM
  #16
Weanling
I used a running gag with a bit like this one,

CHELTENHAM GAG

On my horse...
     
    01-14-2010, 02:58 AM
  #17
Weanling
Sorry, I used a bridle, that had a gag bit like that one on it, so the cheek straps ran through the bit
     

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