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  1. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    My green horse has never had a bit in his mouth, I have been riding him in a hackamore, but it is not staying that way. His mouth is soft and yes it is safe to do so, he is just forward and likes to toss his head when I bring it up to his mouth. I can't get anything into his mouth because of...
  2. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    I recently got a new mare (14yr old paint 4h, beginner rodeo type mare) she came with a longer shank (prob 7 in) Correction ported bit. I’ve already had teeth done and vet checked full physical. my coach and I have tried and d ring and loose ring snaffle and a french link. the problem is she...
  3. Horse Health
    Hi! I recently had a badly rusted black steel and copper teardrop correction bit that I put lots of WD40 on so that the hinges would work again. Does anyone have any tips for deep cleaning the WD40 off of it? Is it safe to use in my horse’s mouth if I clean it? thanks!
  4. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    So I'm not 100% sure if "horse training" is the right category for this post, but I guess its close enough. My pony Red uses a western bridle that doesn't have a nose band. He also uses an eggbutt bit. (I think that's what it's called.) When I'm riding or leading him on the ground, he starts...
  5. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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...
  6. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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...
  7. Western Riding Queries & Competition sub forums
    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...
  8. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  9. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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.
  10. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  11. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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:
  12. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  13. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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...
  14. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  15. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  16. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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?
  17. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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...
  18. 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...
  19. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    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...
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