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Date Posted: 05:49:37 06/14/09 Sun
Author: Cathy
Subject: Correction - What type of bit - exact name
In reply to: Cathy 's message, "What type of bit for trail riding" on 05:18:35 06/14/09 Sun

>
CORRECTION: I am in a LOOSE ringed snaffle not a D ring -sorry for the confusion! I can confirm pinching is a possibility (see my previous posts) so make sure the bit is the correct size.




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.
>>
>>Sincerely,
>>
>>Jennifer

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