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post #31 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Nice! I think she must have a couple of sisters out there, you're the second person who has mentioned that!

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post #32 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 03:16 PM
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She is a good looking mare, I like the way she is put together.

As far as the bit goes I like a wonder bit, i have 2 that go in one from time to time, and one that uses one more often than not.

I also have 1 horse that PREFERS a chain mouth to anything else I have tried on him. in truth a chain is fairly mild and conforms to the mouth fairly well. Anyone who would cause harm with a bit based simply on the fact that it has a chain mouth would cause as much harm with another mouth piece. If that mare is in the bit she is in and isn't causing any trouble, then why fix it if it isn't broken based on the opinions of a handful of people who i am guessing don't have any experience with it.

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post #33 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 03:48 PM
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She looks pretty straight from the photos. Personality outweighs confirmation in my book so if she's kind, willing, and broke to meet your needs, go for it.

As far as the bit, that Wonder style bit with a chain mouth piece isn't that bad of bit. The chain piece is very soft on a horses tongue but sensitive on the corners of the mouth. To learn about bits and their feel, place the bit in the palm of your hand and hold it as if it's in your horses mouth. Have someone stand behind you and direct you with the reins while you walk. It's a great technique so you'll understand how your horse feels when you pull softly or hard on the reins. As with any bit, hard hands equals hard mouths. Even with a snaffle. That style of bit is fairly typical for barrel racing because it offers rate, turn, and softness in both. The gag effect will surely put a whoa on a horse, but the severity is in your hands. Good luck!
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post #34 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 03:51 PM
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She is a good looking mare, I like the way she is put together.

As far as the bit goes I like a wonder bit, i have 2 that go in one from time to time, and one that uses one more often than not.

I also have 1 horse that PREFERS a chain mouth to anything else I have tried on him. in truth a chain is fairly mild and conforms to the mouth fairly well. Anyone who would cause harm with a bit based simply on the fact that it has a chain mouth would cause as much harm with another mouth piece. If that mare is in the bit she is in and isn't causing any trouble, then why fix it if it isn't broken based on the opinions of a handful of people who i am guessing don't have any experience with it.

Jim
A soft broken mouth mouthpiece (links) is often liked by many horses, but there are milder versions and harsher versions.
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post #35 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 04:54 PM
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Yay! Very pretty girl! Y'all are super cute together! The second pic is really good with her head slightly arched:) She's adorable! Keep us posted on y'alls progress!
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post #36 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 04:58 PM
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You look so cute together! A great pair =D I wonder with her neck though, looks a little thin, maybe some arena schooling would help to muscle it up? I like her hind though, very muscular. She just needs a little muscling in the front I think, but I'm no expert so I could be wrong.
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post #37 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 07:55 PM
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Nice looking horse. From your description of her disposition and performance, I think you have a winner.

I know you asked us not to, but I'll also address the bit issue. Most of the horses I'm working with now are Walkers. Most of my experience is with straight gaited horses, but in the Southeastern US where I grew up, gaited horses were everywhere. So I've gained a bit of experience with them.

I read your thread in the gaited horse section. I think that it is significant that NO ONE there even mentioned the bit. Chain bits, and even more severe ones are common in the gaited world. Use the bit that works for that individual horse. I did not see any calloused or raw spots on the horses mouth to indicate that the bit was being used harshly. The horse was standing calmly on a loose rein, and looked very comfortable. Work with your trainer, and use what the horse needs.
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post #38 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Cordillera Cowboy. I talked with a few people at the barn and on here who gave me some good direction re the bit issue. I have found that you're right, it is a lot more common in the gaited community. There are gaited horses everywhere here, they are extremely common/desired!

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post #39 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 10:38 PM
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She looks nice, but I'd change that bit for sure. It's very harsh. Try her in a saddle that fits well and different bit. Maybe a dog bone type and see how she rides.

She's pretty with a calm eye.
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post #40 of 47 Old 12-08-2014, 11:03 PM
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Congrats on your girl, she looks very sweet :) Have fun with her!
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