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post #1 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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i havent been with horses since i was like 10 and even then i didnt do everything for them... how do i kno what type of bit and bridle do i get for my horse? he is a 3 year old tennessee walker/quarter horse. i am borrowing a saddle from a friend but i dont have a bit and bridle and i dont even know how to begin to decide on what type to get...

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post #2 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 12:11 AM
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My advice would be to seek out a coach/trainer to help you. Everyone needs help in the beginning, and maybe you could even set up some lessons.

Hopefully your instructer will advise you to use a snaffle, since you are a beginner you may rely on your hands for balance or clutch the horse's mouth or something, but I obviously don't know you and that would be for your trainer to decide ;)

And I'd like to say welcome to the forum! You found a good place to ask theses kinds of questions!

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post #3 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 10:13 AM
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Welcome to the forum, I am new here myself. I agree with the above ask a coach or trainer. My trainer has me using a snaffle bit on my 6 y/o Paint Gelding. Seems to be a good choice for him and I
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post #4 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 10:16 AM
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Was the horse broke when you got him? If so, try contacting the previous owner and ask what they used. :]
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 11:05 AM Thread Starter
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he was only a little broke if that makes any sence because they werent really sure what they were doing and the bit they have i dont think it fits well because the cheak bar goes in his mouth when opens it and in my opinion that isnt good... i just need to find a good fit for the both of us

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-27-2010, 11:21 AM
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Here's a good measurement guide. How to Fit Your Horse's Bit | eHow.com
I prefer the bit to sit at the corners of the mouth with barely one wrinkle in the corners.
I agree with everyone else that you need to get some help finishing your horse. If your new to riding the best bit is a snaffle. Its much easier on the horses mouth until you learn how to be soft with your hands and the horse is responding well.
A full cheek is a good one for training.
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