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  1. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Does this bit seem too big? Bought the size she wears in her snaffle but I'm not sure. I've always ridden my molly in a snaffle. She wears a 5" and always has. I bought a correction bit to try her in, also a 5". There's a little bit of mouthpiece showing at the edge of her mouth. Is this a...
  2. English Riding
    My horse is a former ranch/games horse from what I know of his history. I'm transitioning him into English since he moves like an English horse and has taken to jumping and dressage much more than anything western. He takes up contact well and rounds his back well - but only in a western curb...
  3. New to Horses
    Hey guys, I wouldn't say I'm new to horses.. I'm new to choosing bits tho and I would like to hear other peoples thoughts. I have driven horses before for a few years, however I never chose the bit for them. I also never paid attention to the bit that the company used. I'm not sure what type of...
  4. Horse Tack and Equipment
    A while ago I got a little mare, she's about 13.3, she is doing great now but she was extremely underweight. She is 8 years old I think and I started her under saddle about a month and a half ago. She is going great and taking everything in stride. But I am starting to have trouble turning...
  5. 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...
  6. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I'm thinking about switching things up with my horse. I ride him in a plain single jointed D ring for schooling and usually show in a short shank pelham. Nothing is really wrong with his schooling bit but I find the D ring looks kind of stupid because for a big 17hh horse he has a petite face...
  7. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hi! Recently, I was wondering how common rubber bits were. I know some people are against bits, and some just prefer to ride with a bitless bridle. What are your opinions on rubber bits (any type of them)? If you think metal bits are painful, do you think rubber bits are painful? Please...
  8. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I love my gelding Buck. Prior to my ownership over a year ago, he was always ridden in a twisted wire gag bit by an inpatient 10 year old girl who wouldn't make him mine. Her mom and my mom have been best friends for over 20 years and she gave him to me for my 16th birthday. He wasn't ridden...
  9. Horse Tack Reviews
    My trainer has warned me that I might need to save up for a Herm Sprenger bit. I primarily do dressage and have been working on training my greenie. Any thoughts on Sprenger bits? She said the KKs are typically the best ones?
  10. Horse Training
    I have a 17-year old mare with navicular* and she "runs through" an O-ring snaffle. I've been under the impression that she simply doesn't like that bit. She'll ride fine in a tom thumb, a D ring, a million dollar MJ bit, etc. We've been riding in the million dollar because my idiot ex-trainer...
  11. Horse Tack and Equipment
    So I'm pretty much brand new to bits and types of headstalls, but here's what I know so far. My mare doesn't respond at all to pressure from the bits. Throw her in an O-ring and she'll run right through you, but in a halter it's a whole different story, and in her Martha Josie bit, she's a...
  12. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hello y'all! Well, my charming new gelding has a hitch in his giddyap: head-shy and getting worse. He's wonderfully responsive, if somewhat green, under saddle but doesn't like taking the bit, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's the bit itself that might be the problem. These are my available...
  13. Horse Training
    I have a 15 year old paso fino that I have been working with for about 2 years now. He has been trained his whole life in the traditional style and naturally has a lot of brio (foward energy) -- hence he wants to go fast... in straight line... always! When I first got him he was in a super...
  14. Horse Training
    Hi everyone! I'm trying to expand my knowledge on bits n such, throughout this past year I've tried out tons of different bits to see how they work and what works best for me/ my horse. What's everyones opinion on Draw Gag bits in Barrel Racing? I know the basic understanding of it but I want...
  15. Barrel Racing
    I've been running my gelding in the martha Josey million dollar bit, but its not enough control. He's very heavy on the hands, and I need a competition bit. The million dollar bit will be fine for practice, but when we haul, we tend to get really excited, and I need a stronger bit. I've tried a...
  16. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Does anyone know the name of this bit? photo:
  17. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hello, I've been doing some research on bits and I found that snaffle and D-ring bits are very common in the english world and the rubber is good for the horse. But what about in the western world? Would it be weird if I used a D-ring bit with rubber? Is it used for both or mainly english? What...
  18. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I've always been told that foaming, just a good amount around the horses mouth is a good thing, it means that the horse is relaxed, accepting the bit, etc. I never liked the look of a foaming horse, and I know it means well... But the image of saliva constantly spewing out of a horse's mouth at...
  19. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I've been riding Mav since January and cant find a bit that he responds well too, I've tried multiple snaffles, and i couldn't get him to stop at all. i tried a hackamore and he was better but still wouldn't stop, ive tried this one...
  20. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I have an Arabian mare that I ride in a French link D. I am trying to find a version of that for western riding. Any help is greatly appreciated. Egsme
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