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post #11 of 17 Old 06-05-2009, 10:33 PM
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I start mine in a full cheek snaffle and ride western as well. :)


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post #12 of 17 Old 06-05-2009, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Would you guys recommend rollers or keys on the snaffle?
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-06-2009, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by BackInTheSaddleAgain View Post
Would you guys recommend rollers or keys on the snaffle?
Only for a horse that is nervous with a bit. I would NOT start one with them as they can be confusing and/or distracting. Go with a double joint though, like a french link or bean mouth. There's no need to overload the horse with different sensations when you're first starting out.
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post #14 of 17 Old 06-06-2009, 07:58 PM
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Yep, I start all mine in a loose ring snaffle. That is how I started John and then changed him to a D-ring because he would fight sometimes and it gave me more control. Silly stud. I agree that keys or rollers could be very distracting in the beginning. A double jointed is much milder than a single jointed though. I can't wait for you to get her. :) When are you supposed to pick her up?
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No, I wouldn't go with keys or a "mouthing" bit as they're called, as someone else mentioned they can be distracting. If you find he likes to play with the bit, there are double jointed bits out there with a copper roller.
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-07-2009, 01:22 PM
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I'm not a western person either, but I always start my horses in a french link O ring (KK Training Snaffle). If they don't like it, I put them in a D ring or a full cheek. But it's always good to give your horse the benefit of the doubt and start in the softest bit there is.

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post #17 of 17 Old 06-07-2009, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the advise! That was my concern about mouthing bits... I didn't want her to get destracted or become dependant on it.
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