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post #21 of 25 Old 02-01-2009, 07:56 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by upnover View Post
just curious, if your horse loves the bit he's in and he goes in it well, why would you switch?
He's still a bit heavy on it.

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post #22 of 25 Old 02-02-2009, 02:47 PM
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I used a rubber Happy Mouth bit with my Trakehner mare. She had a super soft mouth. She was broke with a loose ring french link snaffle, but then I got her green broke and tried her in the rubber Happy Mouth since she had such a soft mouth and she did even better with that.

I got one that was apple flavored, so it helped her salivate more too.

And yes, I competed in Hunters with her and we were never told it was illegal. Infact, she did very well at the shows we went to!
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post #23 of 25 Old 02-02-2009, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Ne0n Zero View Post
He's still a bit heavy on it.
The bit isn't going to keep him from getting heavy on the bit. You have to really activate his hind end so he's pushing through... then he'll be lighter in your hands. Do lots of half halts too.
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post #24 of 25 Old 02-02-2009, 06:36 PM
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It definitely depends on the horse. Some do better in rubber, some do better with metal. :) I've always used metal, but I can understand if a horse may perform better in a rubber. It just depends.

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post #25 of 25 Old 02-02-2009, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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I ordered a sweet iron snaffle. I'll keep you updated when it arrives.

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