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post #1 of 5 Old 11-28-2009, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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If it ain't broke...

Well, stupid me tried to fix it anyway.

My TWH was started with a walking horse bit 6 months ago because that's what friends told me I "had" to use on a TWH. She's very responsive to my cues and neck reins wonderfully. But after reading a lot of opinions about bits and being told that you should never start with a curbed bit or neck reining I decided to buy a french link snaffle and give it a try - to do things the "right way".

Huge mistake.

I recently started using a new girth on her. The neoprene one I used had been tightened too tightly once (by someone else) and she got rubbed by it. So I decided to start using a "gentler" non-neoprene girth as well.

I'm an idiot.

As soon as we began she started going way faster than I wanted on that road. She was bouncy and rough, not her usual smooth gait. I couldn't get her to slow down or stop for anything. Then the saddle slipped to the left - I tried to hold on and stop her, but realized I was better off to bail - I was pretty close to the road since the saddle was sideways. I didn't even get the slightest scratch. Apparently, I'm pretty good at falling.

She stopped right there. I got up and walked her back to the house. I put her usual bit and girth on her and we rode in some nearby fields for about an hour. She was wonderful, responsive, and smooth.

Her curb bit (with a sweet iron french link) is definitely gentle enough if it is what she responds so well to. I know that the harshness of the bit depends mostly on the hands of the rider. I barely have to move to cue her in it, so we won't be changing again anytime soon.

I guess she likes what she likes. Who am I to argue?

I was normal...then I got a horse.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-29-2009, 06:15 PM
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nicew observation keep up the good work

colors of the wind by vanessa williams chec it out
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-29-2009, 06:37 PM
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If the bit works for her, then by all means don't change it, even if it is a curb. As long as you aren't abusing her (which I know you're not) you should be fine.
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post #4 of 5 Old 11-29-2009, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by western walking horse View Post
nicew observation keep up the good work
Thanks! Its hard not to be observant when your butt's on the pavement! LOL

I was normal...then I got a horse.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-30-2009, 01:21 AM
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I agree with you; if what she rides in is what she is comfortable and responsive in, there is no reason to 'fix' it; western folks consider a curb bit to be the 'sign' of a finished horse. I do prefer a snaffle, or bosal, but I've had horses who, while they ride fine in the previous types, prefer a curb of some form. If they like it, and respond well in it, who am I to argue, really? The distinction I make is when you "have" to ride in a heavy curb to get a response out of him, and that is when I feel it's time to get some real training in, which will mean going back to something as basic as a snaffle.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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