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  1. 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...
  2. Horse Tack and Equipment
    I have seen people using lip straps on Pelham's. And I have heard many things about what they can do. from keeping the curb chain down, to keeping the horse from chewing the shanks. I have also heard about horses that chew the shank rings, have in some cases, gotten their incisors stuck on...
  3. Tack and Equipment Classifieds
    NICE 5" Western grazing bit. Used only a few times. Asking $15 shipped $10 Pickup
  4. Horse Health
    Hi, pls read maybe you recognise a condition or injury. I am particularly baffled by the large lump which hasn't changed in a week or more. I moved my horse to a paddock a few months ago and she was doing ok. About more than a week ago her near hind fetlock was swollen and had wind galls. a...
  5. Horse Training
    While my boy will probably be in a snaffle for awhile, I was wondering at what point in a horse's training is he ready for a leverage bit or a curb? All of my old trainer's horses had bits of different levels and could work in just about anything, but my 6 year old gelding has never been ridden...
  6. Horse Tack and Equipment
    Hello! I ride Western and do mainly barrels and other western show classes and games and trails, so I need a versatile bit. I currently have my POA in a Tom Thumb, but I don't think it's right for him. he's 10 years old and I think, personally, he needs a little harsher bit. I'm having some...
  7. Horse Training
    I have a 6yr old APHA mare that is broke broke broke and this Spring I am starting her for Reining. She has an amazing natural stop, good turns, quick back ups, and a wonderful topline etc. She seems to be a natural and I think she will do wonderful. I have had her in a copper snaffle...
  8. Western Riding
    There isn't a thread yet on bits and their use, so thought I'd start one! I am adopting a 4 yr old mare, who has been professionally trained but not actually ridden in some time, and even then not often. I want to get a bit for her that will give me control (I ride light handed) but NOT be too...
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