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post #11 of 13 Old 03-23-2016, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! Just wanted to make sure to do this right, especially for his sake. I'd hate for either of them to get hurt or for him to get discouraged, he really loves this horse and I'm so excited we have one for him to ride now.

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post #12 of 13 Old 03-27-2016, 10:42 PM
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My husband and I bought his first horse last year. She was a QH mare who had only been ridden western (we ride in english saddles, take lessons from an eventing trainer and foxhunt). When we tried her she was being ridden in a tom thumb type curb bit.

We switched her to a snaffle right away and had zero problems. But she's a naturally lazy sort, so "whoa" is not a problem not matter what bit (or not - she's equally easy to rate in a halter or hackamore) she's wearing. The one thing I've had to work with her on a bit (and am still working with) is to get her comfortable with being ridden with a bit more contact as that is something my husband had started to play with a bit in his lessons and not something she had had experience with before.
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-27-2016, 10:52 PM
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I just wanted to say congrats on the new addition to the family! Many happy trails to you all!
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