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Re: [RC] Bitting question - Thanks TOO! - Barbara McCrary

Heavens, yes!  I use a Myler high-port curb on my horse and my husband is experimenting with a side-pull on his.  We once rode two horses that always competed in a sidepull.  We've also, in the past, used Sleister hackamore bits.  We use whatever the horse responds to the best, the less the better.  I'd love to ride every horse in a side-pull, because it's so easy to feed and water them along the trail, but not all horses respond safely to one.  I think it depends on the individual horse's response to whatever you are trying to use.  The snaffle is a great training tool, however.  I'm not a skilled horse trainer, but it seems to me, watching those who are, that a snaffle, properly used, is the best way to start a horse and get him responding to you. Whether you continue using it is up to you and your horse.
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Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2005 10:15 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Bitting question - Thanks TOO!

I am curious though, because the responses came back to TRAINING; does ANYONE use anything BUT a snaffle bit on the competitive/endurance/LD rides? 
Mary and Shaker (we are learning together)

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