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post #11 of 13 Old 09-11-2016, 10:22 PM
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Yes, just introduce him to asnaffle, as you would un unstarted colt, with any dental issues ruled out.
Do not expect him to automatcally transfer what he learned in abittless brildle or halter, to that snaffle. That mistake is so often made on horses started bitlless, as they have no problem undertsanding the working of some bittless head gear, as it uses many of the same pressure points ahorse has learned to give to, since being halter broke .
A bit applies pressure to entirely new areas in the horse;s mouth, and it takes time for ahorse to both become comforatble carrying abit, and to understand those new communication points in his mouth
There are many ways to make that transition,either to go right back to bitting him up, like agreen colt, or just letting him carry that bit, while still having that halter or whatever, used to ride with, then gradually using a double rein set up, asking with the bittless first, then following up with abit cue, then moving on to asking first with the snaffle,,using the bittless only if he needs clarity
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-12-2016, 11:07 AM
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Using some form of a combination is a good idea with a horse that's always been ridden bitless - I would think one of those trail riding bridles that have a detachable bit would work well for that if you can also use them like a sidepull
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-12-2016, 01:40 PM
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I think what @jaydee is referring to is referred to as a half breed......

The half breed is a sidepull with a snaffle bit, and works well to transition a horse from a sidepull to a bit. Some horses, such as our TWH mare, do well going bitless in some disciplines and with a bit in others---for trail riding or just "goofing off", I ride her in a sidepull, but for jumping and training, she's in an O-ring French link snaffle.

When I introduce a bit to a horse, my "go-to" has been to make sure the horse is in a safe place where he can't get hung up, put on the bridle with the snaffle bit I think will be best for the particular horse, turn him loose with hay and water so he learns that he can still eat with that bit in his mouth, how to pick it up and carry it himself, and gets familiar with how the bit feels.
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