Bits for Starting Colts

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  1. slc

    slc Senior Member

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    There are a lot of those out there. There isn't any point in trying to convince them to do anything different, because they never will do anything different. It's a waste of time and energy.
     
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    Touch the Sky Senior Member

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    Thanks for the opinions on starting Colts with the rope halter. I was always taught to start them that way. Riding a halter or Jack js important to me, because i like to ride that way, and since I only start my own horses, I've never seen anything wrong with it. I do start in a French link eggbut snaffle, and I do a lot of flexing and bending, I'm the ground and in the saddle. I guess I never though of starting them in a rope halter as being a detriment...
     
  3. Alsosusieq2

    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    It's a detriment. Ignore that. I don't think it's anything more than personal preference and that's yours-!!

    I swear, I think horse people can be crazy.
     
  4. firegurl979

    firegurl979 Senior Member

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    I typically start them in a rope halter then move to a snaffle. They only get a curb if they're more advanced (rides off leg/seat)and theres a reason for it (when ponying for me...). Its important for my horses to be able to go bitless or in a bit. For background I ride dressage, eventing, and endurance..
     
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    firegurl979 Senior Member

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    Started Rex (my 5 year old Morgan) bareback and in a halter last year
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    bits were an easy transition for him. Of course theres been plenty of prep work involved. He gives to rein aids, moves off leg/seat, and responds to verbal cues.
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    It's not that it's detrimental. It's just not training him to carry a bit which goes hand in hand with riding. I, for one, ain't ridin' no hoss down the road next to traffic without a bit in it's mouth. You can't show without a bit, so you are just not training the horse fully if all you do is ride in a halter. Nevermind if the horse decides to bronc with you, you can't get his head up or around in a rope halter.
     
  7. Arem

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    So Vaqueros are beginners because they don't start their horses in a bit? ;)
     
  8. Arem

    Arem Senior Member

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    You are reminding me of the old horse trainer that told me I was nuts for riding my horse in a bosal and that I needed to put her in a snaffle bit. He said I wouldn't be able toco from her in it. Uh, no actually I could. Quite well.

    Now that she's mostly finished in the bosal, she rides better in bits than she ever did before.

    When I get a youngin' to start down the road, we'll start in the bosal. Here and there I may ride in a snaffle just so it isn't foreign to the horse (because most people don't know how to use a bosal and you never k ow what's going to happen) but I figure, if it was good enough for the Vaqueros, it's good enough for me.
     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    That's true. Long ago they never messed with that. Some did but it's much more common now as a progression snaffle, bosal, curb. I'm of the opinion neither one is technically wrong or correct - they both are fine.
     
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  10. Arem

    Arem Senior Member

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    Exactly. Do what works. I'd say the only "rule" is start soft and work your way up. Other than that, I don't think it really truly matters whether you start them in a snaffle, rope halter, bosal, sidepull, half breed.... Do what works for you and the horse.
     

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