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Posted 11/23/2012 by tinaev in NSBR Board
 

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Posted: 11/23/2012 6:30:30 PM
I've not told the full story here before, but my family was given two very skinny horses in early October. Their only jobs are to eat and eat a lot! Once they are fully up to weight I will be posting before and after photos. But, we knew that one was trained to ride. So before spending a ton of money on saddles and whatnot I decided to borrow a few items from a friend and just give it a try.

Well, overall he did amazing! He would have nothing to do with the bit so we removed the bridle and I rode him just in his halter with two leads attached to the sides as pretend reins. He was wonderful. Very responsive and trustworthy. Especially for having a pure beginner on him that could barely figure out how to get his saddle on.

Anyway, I will be looking into some bitless bridle options for him (I'm thinking Dr. Cook's, but if anyone has suggestions I'm totally open to them!) but for now he can go back to lazing about and eating until spring. I am just so thrilled at how well it went I had to share!


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Posted: 11/23/2012 6:55:11 PM
Good for you! When we leased horses as kids, we used hackamore bits on them. There are other bitless options too but that's the only one I've ever used.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 7:11:32 PM
What kind of a bit did you try to use? Perhaps it was just too harsh for him.
I never used more than a simple d ring for all of my horses, and never needed any kind of a tie down either. Its all about your hands and legs.

You may be able to ride him with a bosal. Perhaps you can have him evaluated by someone else since you are a beginner?

Best of luck. I hope you have many years of happiness under saddle. I don't know what my life would be like without a horse.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 7:13:16 PM
One more thought-has he had a dental evaluation? Sometimes "wolf teeth" bother a horse and they refuse the bit due to pain.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 7:19:04 PM
I do think his mouth may be too sensitive for a bit. We had his teeth floated before bringing him home and the vet said they were in terrible condition. Very long and even some bone spurs. So the vet got his mouth into shape but said he'd probably be in pain for a while.

It was a snaffle bit that was attached to the bridle I borrowed. I am not sure what a D ring is. He absolutely did not want to open his mouth and once he did and we got it in he just started throwing his head up and down and opening and closing his mouth rapidly. He was very unhappy. We took it off immediately, I did not even get on him with the bit in place. So I'm not sure that it could have anything to do with the type of bit, maybe just the fact that the metal hurt him just by being there? Or perhaps he's had bad experiences with bits in the past.

I've been looking into hackamores and sidepulls. But they all say they can be bad in the hands of beginners. But yes, I will definitely be doing lots more research to find something for him.

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Posted: 11/23/2012 7:27:57 PM
A D ring is a type of snaffle bit. It has D shaped rings on the sides of the bit.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 8:58:16 PM
Congrats on your first ride

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Posted: 11/23/2012 10:07:38 PM
Looking good!

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Posted: 11/23/2012 10:34:31 PM
Congrats on your ride! You get a gold star for wearing your helmet.


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Posted: 11/23/2012 10:54:04 PM
Ha ha, yes thank you. Safety first!

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Posted: 11/23/2012 11:14:32 PM
Congratulations! Isn't it so rewarding to fatten one up after they haven't had enough to eat?



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Posted: 11/23/2012 11:21:15 PM
It is rewarding, yes. I just wish it would happen faster, I feel so bad for them. When we got the horse in the photo you could see almost every bone in his body. He still has a long way to go to get to a healthy weight, but it's happening at least. I just wish we'd gotten them before it got cold because I know the chilly winter weather is not helping.

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Posted: 11/23/2012 11:47:01 PM
It will happen. Too rapid weight gain can be problematic, is my understanding, so just keep the faith.


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