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post #11 of 15 Old 07-15-2009, 10:59 PM
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i agree with JDI. i would get her a simple snaffle (with a french link if she prefers it.. my mare wont stand a single jointed bit)

the bit is nice, but in kind hands. probably not the best choice for beginners, and certainly not appropriate for neck reining.
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post #12 of 15 Old 07-16-2009, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
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I have found her another bit... a dogbone. It's working well for her, so we'll be keeping her in that.

And maybe I wasn't very clear, but the girl riding her now has been riding Ruby for awhile, and is anything but hard on her. She's always used the very lightest of touches, and it's only lately that she's had problems, and only in the arena. She's not such a beginner that she jerks and pulls, and she's had riding lessons before.

At any rate, thank you for your kind advice.
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post #13 of 15 Old 07-19-2009, 04:45 AM
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I had the same problem for the first 6 monthys of having my horse & This may sound really stupid, but it solved the problem in my 23yr old tb mare...

I pulled the bit off completely and put her into a hackamore, it took a little getting used to for her, she was confused as ever, backing up instead of going forwards, left instead of right, you get the idea, but after 20 minutes of quiet, soft attempts, and we were jumping in it the next day, she is now better than she ever was before.. she also used to bolt like there was a wolf hangin on to her tail (funny that though as we dont have wolves in NZ lol)
But it has also stopped that aswell, and you say you have beginners/novices on her? I think the hackamore would be an idea to consider as then the riders won't accidently pull on her mouth and hurt her.

Good luck :)
This is bubbles now... 4th time being ridden in hackamore

first time actually going ovcer 90cm... before she used to refuse constantly.

^ Then when i dont release because im expecting a refusal, I don't feel quite so guilty about hurting her mouth. It's BRILLIANT

You can't see hackamore very well in these pics, but you get the idea :)

R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
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post #14 of 15 Old 07-19-2009, 08:53 AM
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You put THAT in her mouth?! Owy. I have heard that some horses will be fine with a bit for an ammount of time, but then decide for a change.
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post #15 of 15 Old 07-19-2009, 08:56 AM
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My apologies, didn't read the entire post. You sound like you know what you're doing, I've recently been enlightened on the effects of different bits and am having a hard time coming to terms with it! Some can be extremely painful.

Good Luck
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