That’s a personal choice, but it’s wise to consider that in spite of your best intentions to keep your horse forever, dire circumstances may mean you may have to part with it. A horse will appeal to a wider number of people and have a better chance at a good home if it is able to go in both a fitted and witless bridle.
A young horse will chew and champ on the bit, and perhaps at first rub its head to get rid of this new and annoying thing in its mouth. The first choice will probably be a jointed snaffle bit with smallish rings that would be unlikely to catch on anything if the horse does try to rub its face.
Quite often, though, these mouthpieces are thicker than a metal bit and can be quite bulky in a young horse's mouth. If you want to add flavor to make biting a more pleasant experience, it's easy to smear on a bit of molasses, jam, or honey.
Because the curb bit acts on the horse’s mouth, chin, and head, it can be overwhelming. The shanks are also a hazard if the horse tries to rub the bit, or its head, against objects in its environment.
Update 2:Thank you Underneath a Cowgirl for your rude comment, but I am not breaking the horse. Update 3:Go Big, happy mouths are thick rubber they are more 'plastic' like, my old pony has been ridden in a rubber bit and a happy mouth, she too didn't Ike the rubber one as it was awfully thick, but she loved her happy mouth, they are much thinner and a totally different texture.
Harness racehorses artwork in an overhead verify so that they couldn't drop their noses. The harness jockey is prevented from falling over backwards through no longer something except the reins (there is not any backrest on the seat), and as an effect your horse is used to having someone putting from his mouth.
He's evading the bit because ignoring you is the most secure ingredient he can be certain out. This suggests more beneficial reading, more beneficial asking experienced operating shoes, and a lot less messing with the pony attempting to guess what's the right ingredient to do.
Because he's a Standard bred pacer, he will be able to do a “damaged” gait, which contain the American Saddle bred's rack, or the Tennessee Walker's operating stroll. This suggests you've a very sweet path horse with comfortable gaits.
Full cheek are far too prone to getting caught on things. I used to use a full cheek, but have been turned off for the statement I just mentioned: my mare was getting caught on sticks and her bell boots and her reins, and it was just a mess.
DO NOT break them in a curb or tom thumb or anything that puts leverage on the horses mouth. So I suggest a very mild snaffle meaning no twist kinda thick because the thinner the harsher.
I don't like using straight up snaffles because they can -occasionally- pinch the horse's lounge if they are split... but if you must use them, that's just fine. The one you have should be fine, it is, in my opinion, superior to a stationary single joint.
Add as few confusing stimuli as possible when backing the horse for the first time, so that they can focus on not being worried about the experience. The only bit I use anymore for anything is a plain egg butt snaffle with a 3/8” mouthpiece and Hecate reins with slobber straps.
This often resulted in overactivity in the mouth and would, in many instances, encourage evasions such as drawing the tongue back and trying to put it over the bit. I do not think that the bit should ever be totally focused upon and if it is introduced correctly, it is a case of quiet relaxed, acceptance.
As soon as the horse is confident being fitted I would then move on to the NS Starter for my long reining, lunging, riding away, etc. It is gentle and encourages the horse to stretch the towline and seek forward and down into the contact.
I generally prefer the thicker starter option of 17 mm as this gives more weight-bearing surface across the whole of the mouth and babies are prone to losing their balance or spooking and the bit should not punish them or cause any bruising. There are basically seven points of communication that the bit can work on; 1, the poll, 2, the nose, 3, the curb groove (the curb does not have to lie in the chin groove to be effective): Within the mouth; 4, the corners of the lips, 5, lower and upper bars, 6, the roof and 7, the tongue.
Gentle breaking works best because it helps a horse build trust with its handler, so this relationship will last a lifetime. This does not work well because every animal, including humans, will rebel when forced to do something.
Horses can be forced to obey, but they will end up resenting you and will act up more often. Once you have gained the horse's trust, you can start halter training.
Halter training works best on younger horses. Spend time brushing and petting the colt's head, and remember to give treats often.
From my experience, colts never take a halter the first time you try, so you must have patience. Once the colt is comfortable wearing a halter, it is time to start leading.
The trained horse should then start moving up to receive his treat. Note: Make sure to only give the treat after the colt has moved.
A colt should know how to lead and do direction movement before you put on a saddle. In my experience with gentle breaking, I always have other horses during the training to help my colt learn.
Then, find lightweight things (an old coat works well) to put on his back. When your colt tolerates the lightweight item, move on to the saddle blanket.
Once he accepts the saddle blanket, you can start adding some of your weight to his back. When the colt is comfortable with a saddle blanket and your weight, start wrapping things around his back and belly.
As the other horses turn right or left, move the reins in the appropriate direction. If you follow these suggestions, you will have a horse that trusts you and is more obedient.
It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Be prepared, working with a wild horse is going to take more time. It is going to have to be consistent, and I recommend daily, this means 7 days a week.
Question: My 5-year-old mare refuses to accept any bit. Have tried snaffle, rubber Mullen, and she kicks up a real fuss.
Teeth checked by an equine dentist, jaw X-ray taken- no problems. Answer: There are a few horses that refuse to take a bit ever.
Staci she is too young to ride, and I don't advise even saddling her for another year and a half. I have not put a saddle on yet but I have used a surcingle and snugged it up pretty good. She had no buck no bolt.I do let her investigate everything.I'm hoping the next phase goes well as I really want to gentle her myself.
Dennis Thirteen (author) from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on June 01, 2018: Chances are you won't learn enough reading articles or watching videos.
You need to meet other people who are doing the same kind of training and talk to them. If the horse respects you and trusts you it will be easier to train and with less friction.
I am looking for a young horse to buy for myself but how do I train it to show jump? I want just some simple ground exercises that I can do in a big closed off field.
It is my belief the horse is responding to commands you might not be aware you are giving. If the problem remains with the other rider work on creating a command, which gives you the desired results.
Dennis Thirteen (author) from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on March 04, 2015: Trust is a major factor when working with horses or people.
I have seen videos of others who can train a horse to be ridden in three days. I spent six months working with the last horse I trained.
Believe me it is harder when you can't give foot and leg requests. When I was living and training in South Dakota I spent more time in the pasture with the horses than I did anywhere else.
Stephen J Parking from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on February 14, 2015: You have to have their trust and this means you should pick out their stalls while they are eating and other such tasks.
Normally a horse will react as they think you may want to take their food, but if you reassure them and pet them then after a while they accept you. This is not breaking, but establishing yourself as more knowledgeable and so it is easier for them to follow your direction than think for themselves.
Horses make this easier as they are herd animals and lazy thinkers who like a lead animal (Alpha horse). This means when they are little push them off their food, the animal whose front feet move first has lost, do this gently when they are young and get their respect (leaving this later makes it harder if not impossible).
This overcomes its tendency to defend its food and establishes you as a great provider (Alpha horse). This relationship will not be questioned as long as you provide food and treats and petting and grooming on a regular basis.
In the last ray they took of my legs the bones looked like Swiss cheese. Hi Dennis... what a great article and one which caught my eye as I love horses and working with them.
Through the years I have worked with training other people's horses, ridden every time I have had the chance. Even after becoming wheelchair bound have still worked with horses, and ridden.
Dennis Thirteen (author) from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on April 20, 2011: Much of my life was spent around horses and I saw many instances where things could have been handled better.
There is no way I can be considered a newbie as I have known about proud cut horses since my teens. Some people like my father prefer them because they are more spirited than a gelding, but easier to handle than a stallion.
For newbie's “a gelding is a neutered male horse and a stallion can breed”. I know in South Dakota one thing that helped is we had plenty of social capital.
Diana Owens from My Little Hole In The Wall, Subpages, USA on April 05, 2011: My oldest horse, Sparky, is easy for anybody to catch.
He's really easy to catch unless he reads my mind and knows I'm going to give him performer... which is basically every time I do it. Even if he's the very first one to get deformed out of all the horses and I leave the unwrapped tube of paste in the house until I catch him.
Sting has always been the easiest, then sister Dakota...and bringing up the rear is Buzz. I'm just taking my sweet time with him and giving him lots of space.
Dennis Thirteen (author) from Beatrice, Nebraska U.S. on April 04, 2011: The man who bought her told me if I couldn't ride her bareback he wouldn't buy her.
I got extra money for her when he saw that she turned and stopped with only hand (requests)commands without anything ever coming out of my mouth. She loaded right into the trailer, but I was told it took three men and another horse to get her out.
My only problem is, is that I don't have anybody willing to help me with this, so I height put in a little more groundwork and a few extra weeks of round pen work until they get completely comfortable with the idea of having a cinch around their belly and extra weight on their backs.