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post #11 of 14 Old 08-16-2008, 02:10 PM
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Yep--that bit's not bad. I'm not a fan of Tom Thumbs (v shape driven into roof of horse's mouth when you pull back), but that one is not nearly as bad as a lot of them. If he's going ok in it, I'd stick with it for now. It's best to neck rein with a leverage bit--which your bit is, it's officially a curb, but it's a mild one.

Here are a couple good sites about teaching a horse to neck rein:


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post #12 of 14 Old 08-19-2008, 12:53 AM Thread Starter
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thanks! I will start working with him on the neck rein thing! It would be way better than dragging his head over in the direction I want him to go. Poor Major! Im glad he's so nice and forgiving.
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-19-2008, 04:26 PM
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Originally Posted by kickshaw
i know many gaited horses that ride in a bit similar to that - - if he responds to it, i say there is no need for a wh bit - they tend to have longer shaks = more leverage.
Yes, the longer the shanks the more leverage.

Once upon a time I didn't weigh much (early 60's). During that time I raised/trained an Arab/Saddlebred from birth.

Not a mean bone in his body but boy was he "up". A wise Amishman suggested I buy a swivel,long-shanked Walking horse bit and he taught me how to use those shanks.

They were only 6" shanks on a low port curb, but the day that bit went into Sonny's mouth was the day I started riding on a fairly loose rein because he knew I now had control.

My 21 yo TWH still has a huge motor and still wears a low port swivel-shank bit whose shanks are 8 inches.

I don't recommend those long shanks to anyone who doesn't know how to use them. It takes really soft hands because the longer the shank, the more leverage the rider has, and the faster someone can ruin that horse's mouth.

If the horse is performing well with whatever's in its mouth now, I don't think I would change to a bit with long shanks.

I also have a TWH who wears a mechanical hackamore and another one who wears a low port curb with 6" shanks.

I am strictly a trail rider, so all my horses will neck rein with just a slight flick of the rein. We have no need for direct reining :)

The horse will tell you what he's happy with and "if it works, don't fix it"
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-19-2008, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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Well I am still learning, so I know sometimes I get a little to much in the bit. I dont always feel that I have him in complete control, but that could be because im not used to the fast walking horse pace and changing gaits either. I think I will stick with the bit im using until I can get a feel for things. I dont wanna put unnecessary pressure on a good horse who trys to do what I want. He's a sweetie and a smart horse...i'm the one who is trying to learn to communicate better with him.
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