Reply To: bits and bitless

kindle Original Poster kindle
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Leslie,
what is considered a mild bit that you use? what discipline do you ride?
I find that bits are more confusing then saddle fitting a horse. not all horses do well in all kinds of bits. I find also what one person may consider a gentle bit is not, depending on the riding discipline also, or the hands that is attached to the reins, that are attached to the bit.

snaffle seems to be the most poplar of bits I seen used in my parts, not that they be the nations popular bit, but what is whats commonly used in the south Texas areas that I live.

myself for my horses:
I have a correction bit for one horse, a standard gaiting bit for another horse, and a mullen bit for another horse. all for 3 different reasons.
the correction bit is used to re-train a horse that has for too long taken the bit to his control and out of the hands of the rider, also used to correct some errored gaiting that goes hand to hand with this kind of fixing/correction training (correction bits I don’t recommend to anyone that does not know how to use them or what they are for in regards to helping a horse – can be very harsh and counter productive with the correction bit with unknowledged people). the gaiting bit is what one of my horses I recently bought, has always used and understood, so found no need to change his bit for any reasons. the mullen bit I use is for a horse that has a low upper palette that was ulcerated by hard hands thru a snaffle bit and he could not tolerate the movements of bits inside his mouth, especially something that bothered his upper palette area, where its now very scarred and tender to him. so the mullen bit is more a swing and use of the sides of the mouth without the internal up/down movements of a bit inside the mouth area.

I would so love for all my horses to be bitless, but seems that is a long training process in itself and should be started with young horses and harder to convert over from bit to non bit in a good number of cases. but again, this is also dependent of handling and training methods for individual horses.

there are bits called D rings, these are common and popular to the English riders, but a lot of western folks use this bit also. I am not sure really what the D ring is about, as it not one of the bits I have ever used. I don’t find anything wrong with them, as I see these kinds of bits often in my riding circles.

I was told a hackamore works differently then a bitless and would like to know the difference in those items myself? was also told a dorsal is like a hackamore, but isn’t, whatever that means?

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