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  1. Horse Training
    In troubleshooting a rooting issue with a well trained, semi retired, low level eventing horse, we switched from a simple Hunter D copper roller snaffle bit with which he foamed excessively, to a simple Waterford. First ride with it started with simple walk/trot, he was mouthing the bit...
  2. Barn and Riding Wear
    Hello everybody, I have a 5 year old gelding that I mainly hike with. He generally obeys pretty good, but sometimes leans on the bit. I know that the problem may be somewhere else, but I'm trying to change the bit anyways and I would like to know, of the two bits that I have found as a possible...
  3. Horse Shows and Horse Show Tack and Clothing
    Since you must have more contact with the horse's mouth in horsemanship vs loose reins in western pleasure, I feel I need to find a bit that will be more easily tolerated than the one we're using in WP. My 11-yr old gelding works very well and drops his head in a snaffle, but he is too old for...
  4. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hello! I am transitioning my 3 yo from a snaffle to a shanked bit. Ridden western. She has been ridden in a french link O ring and a D ring level 2 myler. I have a tom thumb I was given, but I don't like single-jointed bits, so I don't really want to use it. Some bits I'm considering: Bit 1 Bit...
  5. Horse Training
    Hi all, I recently rode a lesson horse which had a 2 inch gash on it's chin. I suspected that it was from the curb chain. Has anyone ever seen this? A horse actually getting CUT by the chain??? I know the trainer and her students do not have very gentle hands.
  6. 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...
  7. 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:
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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?
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
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