01-17-2013, 10:03 AM
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Hmm..I have two snaffles in which I use one or the other for any new horse I start riding (new/another lease). I have a single and double joint D-ring to choose from, first is the single, and if yhe horse doesnt like it, to the double it goes.
Now, currently, I own a short shank, single jointed jr cow, a 3-piece reiner with short shanks and a copper roller, and the two snaffles.
With ST, I won't use the single jointed snaffle anymore. She has issues with it, and Im assuming it's the joint hitting her palette. So, if we're having a day where we're riding in an enclosed, smaller place, she'll get the double jointed snaffle and we'll work on lightness. If we're out and about going along the fence and outer edge of the corn field (aka groundhog hole heaven), she gets either of the shank bits. While Im light with my hands, I won't risk having to do a one-rein stop or her run off where she can easily break her leg. She generally responds nicely with minimal effort with both my reiner and jr cow, so rarely do I ever give her much pressure with those.
If we're going for a road/trail ride, she gets the jr cow. She'll respond to relatively light pressure with this bit, but it takes her a little longer than if I were to be heavy handed. So, if I absolutely need something done (aka run off the side of the road because a school bus and truck are coming opposite ways and not slowing down at all), I can give one yank and have her 8 feet over in whatever direction. The jr cow is also the only bit I can get her collected in (cantering, she usually rushes). I concluded this on monday when we got 3 different instances of a nice, slow collected canter, at times of different energy levels. The first time I got her into a nice canter was with the jr cow. While I doubt it's actually the bit (because we canter on a loose rein until I pull her up), I'm going to keep the jr cow for any arena work and if it continues, then we'll see how the other bits are..It might just be how it sits in her mouth that she doesn't grab it and go. She chews on both snaffles and sucks the shanks on the reiner into her mouth if we aren't in a working trot or faster, but even while we're standing around, she just lets the jr cow sit there. I knew there was a reason I was searching for this bit for 4 years until I could find it in a local store lmao.
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