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Re: [RC] bits and stops!! - Renie Burnett

Dr. Sue G has a very good point;  There ARE reiners who utilize
everything from bits with small chain mouthpieces, or high correction
ports or anything in between.  I was specifically talking about what I
have learned from MY trainer...she awesomely puts a beautiful, soft
response, including the stop, on horse after horse that she trains.  She
uses a snaffle to start all, after one or two rides in a side pull or
rope halter.  She is a reiner. However, at her barn I have seen Dressage
horses, jumpers, and MANY endurance horses that had no "MOUTH" on them. 
Back they go to the snaffle and they learn it right, and go on to become
very good at what they do. She, her instructors, and her students learn
to  teach their horses the cues they need, along with balance, to stop
without pulling on the bits.  I know; I have trained 3 horses with her,
they all stop beautifully.  The point I am trying to make is that it is,
IN THE PROPER HANDS AND WITH PROPER TRAINING,  NOT the BIT that makes the
horse stop.  That is why well trained horses can stop from a gallop with
nothing in their mouths or on their heads.  Renie

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