New horse. Need info on bitting and other aids.
Hi, I am getting my very own horse soon, and while he is young I would like to know what bit, when the time comes, I should start him on.
I want to take him into western riding, specifically the mounted games as well as reining, barrels and trail. South Africa is a difficult place to draw on Western Riding as it is relatively new(especially the sporting side of western) and I'd like some info and experiences from abroad.
I've heard that a jointed(single or french/eliptical) snaffle can work for the first bit and that that in a dee ring or egg butt form may be the best.
I would also like some info on what bits to advance to and how to use them in the training for my horse. I always believe that training is the key, not forcing, so I would like to read up and be in the know as opposed to ignorant and possibly put my horse's health and safety in danger.
If possible, knowing more about training aids and what they do would be extra helpful but it is not the priority here.
Thank you all so much for your patience and understanding. If you would like to know anymore information, please do not hesitate to ask.