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Date Posted: 05:18:35 06/14/09 Sun
Author: Cathy
Subject: What type of bit for trail riding
In reply to: Jennifer 's message, "What type of bit for trail riding" on 06:01:19 06/10/09 Wed

Hi Jennifer:

I agree with the other posters comments. Get another trainer!!! You want to keep your horse's mouth soft and using a harsh(er) bit on a 4 year old is not going to help you in the long run.

Some pointers - I use a regular D ring snaffle, the original bit suggested when I got him at 4.5 years (he is now over 6). We trail ride all over now with and without other horses (read my previous posts how I thought this would never happen).

One word of caution: my boy gets really exuberant and will buck as he goes into a gallop following another horse on the trail. This is not easy to sit if you are a beginner. I would try really long long walks on an out ride and get his back moving.

The last thing I would change is the bit because if he wants to go, he will go no matter what is in his mouth. Trust is key.

My goal is to ride him by next year without a bit on a trail. I am really in awe of the trust displayed between horse and rider.

Hi, I own a 4 yr. old gelding whom I have just started
>to bit. I bought him a KK ultra full cheek. He is
>doing beautifully! Prior, I had been just riding in a
>bosal and he responds on a dime. Recently I had
>thought about taking him to a trainer for 30 days to
>put some miles on him, well he informed me that he
>would NOT use my bit and instead would use a "wonder
>bit". This is a regular snaffle quite thin and he has
>it on the last ring for a pretty good amount of
>leverage. He informed me I would need more control on
>the trail??? What the heck is that supposed to mean! I
>want my horses mouth to stay soft! At any rate, I was
>just curious what the other Friesian people
>use.........On any horse I have ever owned, I have
>never had to use anything more than a snaffle (mine is
>a double joint).
>I would appreciate any and all opinions.

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