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post #1 of 7 Old 09-27-2010, 10:48 PM Thread Starter
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i am thinkin... i should be getting my first ride on rusty soon... well as soon as i can get a bridle and a bit that both rusty and i are comfortable with... is there anyone that has a stallion that they ride? rusty is still a stallion and im not sure if i need to rush to get him gelded before i ride him or if he is fine... like ive had a saddle on him n i have been in saddle being lead but i havent had a bit that works for us both so... i havent actually rode him yet... let me know what you think about the gelding situation...

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-27-2010, 11:10 PM
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how old is he? I would get him gelded, the sooner he uses his brain to think with and not be a stallion, the better off you will be. Plus once you start riding him in an area with other horses, his studdy behavior might start.

What kind of bit are you using or trying to use?
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-27-2010, 11:14 PM
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Yes i would geld. As said they're easier to handle around other horses (especially if he is young/green) & no worries about turning him out with mares or other geldings in future.
As for a bit, try a snaffle or a rubber bit. Alot of people start their horses in them. You could even try a bitless bridle, depending on how sensitive he is. Does he have a hard mouth or soft? What does he do with the bit in his mouth?

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-27-2010, 11:31 PM
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Geld him yesterday. If you have no intentions on keeping him for breeding, cut him. It will make training that much easier.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-28-2010, 12:01 AM Thread Starter
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he is three years old and i myself havent tryed to use any bit the one they had he chews and chews and the bar that is supposed to go on his cheak goes in his mouth

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-28-2010, 01:08 AM
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??Huh? Bars that are supposed to be on the cheek? What kind of bit have you been using on him?

As for the gelding, yeah, I would get it done ASAP before he decides to exhibit any studdy behavior.
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post #7 of 7 Old 09-28-2010, 02:20 AM
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Are you using what they call a tom Thumb? Does it have a snaffle mouthpiece and shanks? If so, I would immediately put him in a ring snaffle, eggbutt or d ring, but a regular snaffle without any shanks at all. Any type of shank on a baby will cause problems
As far as chewing, thats pretty normal for a youngster, they chew and mess with the bit until they get used to it. He will get used to it, but he needs to learn that a bit is okay. Put it in his mouth on a headstall, let him walk around his stall or corral with it in his mouth(be there to watch him) and let him figure it out, find out its not a bad thing, it won't hurt him and he will get used to it.
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