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  1. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hey all! I am currently trying out different bits for the OTTB I am leasing. She is very hot and can get strong. I like being very soft and I feel so bad when I have to pull on her mouth. I am looking for suggestions, preferably non-metal, that can help. She tends to play with the bit some, and...
  2. New to Horses
    Hi! I'm Julia from Vermont. I'm working on training a Morgan who used to be shown saddleseat, but is now going hunter due to back problems. Looking for tips on transitioning to a new bit, working on ground manners (he's very spirited!) and any general advice! :pinkunicorn:
  3. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hi everyone! I recently took my rescued trail mare on our first solo ride (solo as in no one from our current herd came with us). We joined a local faux foxhunting club for a trail ride/hunt and rode in third field, which was walk/trot. She was really good with the new horses until we started...
  4. Horse Training
    I am an English rider and dressage is my primary discipline, but my OTTB and I also love to jump (both in the arena and on cross country). The thing is, he always sticks his tongue out the right side of his mouth when I ride him in a bridle with a bit. He is 17 years old and I have owned him...
  5. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hi All, I'm a Senior Bitting Specialist for a British Bit Specialist Retailer I lecture on bitting and work with clients all over the World in all disciplines and all levels. I have worked with horses for 35 years and competed myself in many different areas. I am qualified through the Society...
  6. Horse Tack and Equipment
    HELP PLEASE My ex-racer is driving me a tad mad and a little bit bankrupt! So a bit of background, he's 9-years-old, 16.3hh and an ex-hurdler whom amazingly retired sound! We've owned him for a little over a year and he's been in re-training on and off for around 6-months. He has taken to...
  7. Horse Tack and Equipment
    How do I measure my bit? I use a tape measure, do I start measuring from 0 or 1? And if it's a ported curb, is there any extra measurements I need to do?
  8. Horse Training
    My gelding was trained for years in a twisted snaffle. Since I bought him and have learned more about bit abuse, I really want to not use such a harsh bit. (He hasn't shown any signs of pain from it and is cleared by the vet btw). Anyway I read that some horses loose feeling in their mouths and...
  9. Dressage
    So I did an experiment today under saddle and came to a relevation. I have two bits: both double jointed, both lozenge. One is a Herm Sprenger KK ultra (my dressage bit), One is an Ovation D-Ring, Steel respectively. She goes so much better in the KK ultra than the steel. She's more consistent...
  10. English Riding
    hi, i know how to get my horse on the bit and i can do so, however she always opens her mouth and chews on the bit so it looks like i am pulling her mouth when she is pulling on the bit. it looks so bad and always like i am jagging her in the mouth and i want to fix this if i can. im pretty sure...
  11. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hey everyone! I'm soon approaching that point with my 4 y/o mare where I would like to start getting her used to a shanked bit. She works really nicely in a snaffle and bosal, and is neck reining like a champ. But as most of you know, for western show classes once a horse is over 5 they are...
  12. English Riding
    I currently have a 7yo OTTB who is very headstrong. He has not been responding to the bit, so we put him in a gag and it worked wonderfully. Problem is, he's supposed to go to a show this weekend (hunter jumper) and we can't keep him in the gag. Any suggestions on what to do or a bit that is...
  13. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hello all. I grew up idolizing my riding instructors (as I suspect many young girls do), and believing everything that they say. So I never questioned bits. Lately though, I know there's been a strong trend towards bitless. I have a few questions on what may be a little controversial. I was...
  14. New to Horses
    I've owned my horse (Ezhno) for around four months ago. When we bought him he hadn't been in consistent work and any training he had was walk/steering oriented, since he used to be a trail horse. We've pretty much started from the ground up with him and he's been doing very well! His...
  15. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    No rude or mean comments please My gelding has started to toss his head while riding! hes had his teeth done, he just got chiroed and massage, hes at a good weight, vet cleared him last spring and ill be getting him out again in the next month or so. I ride with soft hands and hes been using...
  16. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hey there, I recently bought my first horse, CJ. He is 15.2 and quite calm but affectionate. The people I bought it from practice some not-so-horseman-like behavior, but I did not know that at the time of purchase. They had him in a Tom Thumb, and I have heard virtually nothing good about TTs...
  17. Horse Tack and Equipment
    My arab mare doesn't seem to respect the bit I show her in, so I am trying to find something just a touch stronger, I currently show in a d-ring French link. If you can think of anything it would be really helpful, Emily
  18. Western Riding
    Hello, I have been riding English for 8 years, but have recently become interested in Western (mainly for trail riding). I am potentially interested in purchasing a western bridle, but have no idea where to start for bits. I own three English bits that I change out for my mare occasionally. I...
  19. Horse Riding & Horse Activity
    She's a four year old mustang that gets a bit excited, I do love her but I don't want her to hurt herself on the bit by accident and i would prefer not using it! could i train her to not be so wild in some way??  PLEASE HELP ASAP :) AND PLEASE ANSWER ALL MY QUESTIONS!! WITH DESCRIPTIVE...
  20. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I'm interested in trying to make a war bridle just for the sake of trying something new with my horse. Does anybody know how to make the ones that are just in the mouth? I've tried googling, but haven't come up with much besides pictures. It wouldn't be a regular method of riding so please don't...
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