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15th March 2010, 08:40 AM
Our youngster will be 2 in April. She walks well to and from her field every day. She walks around the barn with no problems. She will stand when asked to. She is just over 15hhs and a chunky girl.
We have started to take her into the school to do some more work on voice commands. She is good for the first 5 minutes and then its as if she gets excited and wants to rush off, bucking. But does stand when her "be nice" headcollar is tugged and released and told to stand. Yesterday not straight away but within seconds but there was another horse in the school. Other horse owners at our yard have said it now time for her to have a bridle for schooling.
What do you think? Which bit do we get her? Any tips to help schooling would be great.
15th March 2010, 09:24 AM
Try a simple snaffle bit, I would use a happy mouth plastic one that is nice in there mouth.
When measuring put a lead rope in the mouth and take it out and keep your fingers at the sides of his mouth then measure to get bit size.
When putting bridle on take the noseband off and reins as there is no need for this. Put it on him for about 15 - 30mins in the stable for a couple of days untill he is comforatable in it. Then walk him around school with head collor underneath and clip rope to head collor and the snaffle. Where the bit will be the square ring on the side of the headcollor will be next to it clip it on both.
You can also get something (Cant remember name) that clips underneath the chin onto both bit rings then you can clip lead rope on.
Up to you really aslong as you are soft with his mouth its fine. Are you putting boots, bandages etc on yet?
15th March 2010, 09:28 AM
No, but we do bathe her legs, groom, rug, farrier, tie her up and she can be led with another horse to and from the field. She has had a numnah on as well.
15th March 2010, 11:10 AM
I put Vinnie in a Ns starter bit. It encourages mouthing, and doesn't have the nutcracker action. Alot of people go for somt kind of french link - softer in the mouth to begin with. I would introduce it in the stable as said by BB. I still put his rope halter on below the bridle when working with him that was if he is miss behaving he is not getting a yank in the mouth he is still being contrilled by the halter at this stage. Have u tried a Dually halter?
15th March 2010, 10:26 PM
We have a "be nice" rope halter that we use when schooling
16th March 2010, 12:33 PM
i agree that a bridle would give you more control at this stage. try a lightweight loose-ring jointed or eggbutt snaffle or a copper based bit(supposed to be a warmer metal). im not a fan of the plastic happy mouth bits as 2 of my youngsters have chewed them to bits!
My Crazy Clan
16th March 2010, 12:43 PM
It's up to you if you bit her now, I would go with a dually halter to be honest, I think bridles are over rated, I can control my lot a hell of a lot better in a dually then a bridle, I don't find the benicehalters much nac either.
I would go for a simple egg butt snaffle but make sure if fits well as I found one of my lads really didn't suit his type of mouth, so hes in another bit while the others are in egg butt snaffles.
Start with putting it on her for a few minutes a day then gradually increase it.
16th March 2010, 02:34 PM
I think its good to bit a youngster, but not to control them at this stage. Alot of them can end up with hard, sore mouths if the bit is not used sympathetically, leading to problems in later life. I would look at a dually like Rhea said and my previous post. It works on a pressure and relase system making sure you get all the ground work established before the backing process. :)
16th March 2010, 03:41 PM
My 2 year old has an nylon inhand bit at the moment, it's softer than a snaffle and has no nutcracker action so won't catch him. He's worn it a couple of times and has been really good so the next step is to get him walking in it off a headcollar so there's no danger of him getting sore but so he gets used to the idea of it being there. Personally I wouldn't be looking to control her in a bit yet as it could lead to her mouth becoming deadened and unresponsive plus they're so unpredictable it would be difficult to avoid socking her in the teeth by accident.
I try and keep sessions short with him as he loses concentration extremely quickly and once it's gone there's no getting it back, I reckon 2 short sessions of maybe even just 5/10 minutes where we achieve something and don't end up falling out and ending on a negative note are better that trying to push him for longer.
17th March 2010, 08:41 AM
Thankyou for all your advice. We dont really want to control her with the bit and bridlle. I was still happy to use the "be nice". It was the other owners that said i need the bit now. I will look into the dually. halter.
17th March 2010, 02:39 PM
as she is only two i wouldnt be in such a rush to get a bit in her mouth - like you said - you wont be using it for control.
if she gets giddy still while your doing things the LAST thing you want to do is start handling her off the bit - this will damage her mouth.
my 3 year old 16 hand boy still hasnt had a bit in yet - iv had people tell me to get one in his mouth but id just humour them, dont let people tell you what they think you should be doing.... if you did what every other yard person said you would end up with one very confused, scared youngster!!
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