What kind of bit?!?!?!?!? - The Horse Forum
 8Likes
  • 3 Post By Avna
  • 2 Post By my2geldings
  • 1 Post By horselovinguy
  • 1 Post By α CMa
  • 1 Post By tinyliny
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 12-13-2018, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Canada
Posts: 47
• Horses: 0
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)




Thanks so much in advance :)

Tears may get you sympathy, But sweat will get you results. > Clinton Anderson
Horse Training Cowgirl is offline  
post #2 of 9 Old 12-13-2018, 04:29 PM
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: SE Oklahoma
Posts: 3,787
• Horses: 8
A D ring or open cheek snaffle. Probably the later since she's not wanting to give to the rein.

"We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us."
AtokaGhosthorse is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 12-13-2018, 04:30 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Posts: 6,385
• Horses: 3
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.

Short horse lover
Avna is online now  
post #4 of 9 Old 12-18-2018, 10:41 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 13,258
• Horses: 5
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.
Yogiwick and JoBlueQuarter like this.
my2geldings is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 12-19-2018, 06:18 AM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 12,229
• Horses: 0
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.
...
jmo...
Yogiwick likes this.

The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
horselovinguy is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 12-19-2018, 08:30 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Virginia
Posts: 559
• Horses: 2
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.

Best of luck,
Hackamore is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 12-19-2018, 10:23 AM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2018
Location: NoVa, USA.
Posts: 258
• Horses: 0
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.
JoBlueQuarter likes this.
α CMa is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 12-19-2018, 07:23 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 48,123
• Horses: 2
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.
α CMa likes this.
tinyliny is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 12-21-2018, 09:12 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 28
• Horses: 0
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!
Rocky13 is offline  
Reply

Tags
bits , horse , horse bits , pony , training

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

« Bits | WOW Saddles »
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What kind of bit is this? Brenna Lee Horse Tack and Equipment 3 03-14-2013 12:06 AM
What kind of names your kids have or what kind of names you'd love to give them? TaMMa89 General Off Topic Discussion 48 02-13-2012 08:43 PM
Bit, Bit and more bit Chavez Horse Tack and Equipment 2 05-03-2010 12:16 PM
What Kind Of Bit Do You Perfer? sup3rn0th1ng Horse Tack and Equipment 18 05-18-2008 01:43 AM
What kind of bit? VegasShowgirl Horse Tack and Equipment 8 01-30-2008 03:52 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome