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  1. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    So, my horse and I compete in showjumping. He is a very hot horse who tends to rush towards the fences, ending up jumping them flat and knock the poles on the uprights. He was trained in a semi flexible rubber bit, on the thinner side when he was young. Thicker bits are out of option, because...
  2. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Hi everyone! i need help or advice for bits for my gelding. He currently has a straight bar happy mouth eggbut but he doesn’t like the ridges and i also need something dressage legal. He is sensitive but also can be strong and doesn’t seem to like stainless steel bits. Before i got him he was...
  3. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    He can only ride smoothly and stay consistent in his gait when his head is raised more vs tucked. He likes to tuck his head and run through the bit into a full rough pace (but only when we ride with other horses, otherwise he’s well mannered). He rides Smoothest in a consistent 4-beat gait. His...
  4. General Riding queries
    Hi! I compete in show jumping with my mare. At home, both for flatwork and jumping, she uses a double jointed bit and sometimes a waterford bit. One of the double jointed bits is a loose riding snaffle with the peanut middle part and the other is an eggbut Dr. Bristol bit. At shows, she tends to...
  5. Horse Talk
    I have a 9-10 year old TWH, I was thinking about putting him in a wonder bit. Someone said that it’s a training bit only I’ve been riding him in a long shank walking horse bit since September. He pretty much does everything that need him to do UNTIL we’re at a trail ride and say that I want to...
  6. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Please help me out with identification, history, value, or fun facts. I appreciate any help.
  7. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    Hi! I have a 12 year old portuguese sport horse mare. She is a fantastic jumper, loads of scope, elasticity, brave... My mare was a late bloomer, she was only broken at the age of 4 and they prepared her as fast as they could for the show ring. 1 year later, as a 5yr old she was jumping 1,20...
  8. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Preferably sweet iron. Its an old Darnell bit my trainer has and my horse loves it. Shank style I’m open to, but I like the longer purchase on this one. I’ve got a vintage sterling Fleming with a low port I can trade if interested.
  9. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    Okay, so right now I have my 4-year-old OTTB in a dr. bristle bit. However, he still seems to push through the bit and push his face up, and pulls on my hands. Obviously he is still learning (we are just learning how to canter) but, I don't think he likes it very much. What would you suggest...
  10. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  11. English Riding Queries & Discussions
    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...
  12. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  13. 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...
  14. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  15. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  16. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
  17. Share your own opinions on Horse Tack & Equipment
    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?
  18. Training, Performance, behavioral concerns/queries
    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...
  19. Horse Tack, blankets and Equipment Queries
    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...
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