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post #1 of 9 Old 12-13-2018, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Question What kind of bit?!?!?!?!?

A while ago I got a little mare, she's about 13.3, she is doing great now but she was extremely underweight. She is 8 years old I think and I started her under saddle about a month and a half ago. She is going great and taking everything in stride.

But I am starting to have trouble turning her, I have only been using a rope halter and am thinking about switching to a bit.

I don't really like bits but am thinking that it may be just what she needs. I next spring I would like to sell her as a jumper/hunter jumper, cause she loves to jump.

What kind of bit do you think I should get?

(She is quite sensitive)

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post #2 of 9 Old 12-13-2018, 04:29 PM
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A D ring or open cheek snaffle. Probably the later since she's not wanting to give to the rein.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-13-2018, 04:30 PM
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Snaffle. A simple broken mouth or three-piece snaffle.

You won't be able to sell a horse as a pony jumper if you haven't taught her to go in a bit.

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post #4 of 9 Old 12-18-2018, 10:41 AM
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You are going to need to start working with her under saddle in a bit. You've got a long ways to go in a short period of time if you are planning on selling her this summer. Loose ring snaffle or a french link is fine, but from what you are describing and the types of questions you are asking, I think you're going to need help from someone with experience to reach your goal.
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-19-2018, 06:18 AM
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If you are having difficulty in teaching the pony to turn, the bit with the most "presence", that is largest area against the side of the face which helps convey that principle of "turn" is a full cheek bit.
The "wings" of the bit will offer the largest surface area touched which is said to help make turning easier.

If you use this style of bit you need to use bit loops or bit keepers so the bit is properly aligned in the mouth and the palate.
Full-cheek bits come in many mouthpieces of 3-piece to single joint and a vast array of actual mouthpieces from gentle to strong in design...
A uneducated mouth needs as gentle as possible.
It sound to me though the pony needs a lot more understanding and reinforcing of what you have taught her to coincide with her being introduced to a bit...
Training, not my forte' so will leave those comments to others for advice offering.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-19-2018, 08:30 AM
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This is not likely an issue that a bit alone will fix. I am guessing the horse just does not understand to follow the directing rein and move off of leg pressure.

If she has good forward movement under saddle I would ride her toward the fence at a slight angle. Just as you near the fence with good forward movement lift your inside rein, and cue with your outside leg allowing her to turn off the fence. If you are consistent with this exercise she will learn that these cue are for turning. You will need to repeat this in each directions for RH & LH turns. As she start to pick this up you can try to move her front shoulders from a standstill but lifting the inside rein and cueing her to move her from feet with you outside leg cue. When this gets going work on the hind quarters. This will help you refine her and gain the control of her feet, and eventually you can put her anywhere you want with or without a bit.

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I, and many others, have ridden horses in a rope-halters successfully. My horse is being ridden in a rope halter all the time, and we go perfectly fine in that. However, I am trying train her so that she can go well bittted, as well as bitless, in case I ever need to sell her. She knows how to give to pressure in a rope-halter, but when I change to a bit, she may give or she may not give, as it is different pressure and different cues.

If a horse doesn't know how to give and turn, then a horse doesn't know how to give and turn. Period. A bit won't magically make the horse know how to give to pressure, so don't think of it that way and try to use it as a "cheat." Unless she was already trained in a bit and goes well in a bit, you are going to have to re-train her either way - whether you use a rope-halter or a bit.
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Is the problem becoming more noticeable becasue you are now working at greater speeds, like canter? or, what? I mean, how is it now working LESS well than it did before? in what manner?

Is it that the pony bends her head to the direction you ask, but then just goes straight forward, bulging out through the outside shoulder? Or, is she falling in on turns? or is she refusing to even bend her head in the direction you are asking?

Please elaborate.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-21-2018, 09:12 AM
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If you're riding English then a D ring snaffle would probably be a good choice 🙂 if she isn't used to bits then you'll have to definitely work with her until she responds softly to it so it might take a little while. Hope that helps 🙂 oh and if you want to read up on bits too, Horse&Rider has some good articles!
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