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 Posted: Sun Feb 26th, 2012 11:56 pm
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TessieBAgain
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Side pulls need to be used in the hands of of a person who is trained using this device. Bits help the horse collect under himself by positioning the head in a certain way. You just can't get that type of collection using a side pull unless the horse already knows what is wanted of him, and the person using the side pull knows what to do.

Using a humane bit to break a colt really is easier. The line of communication is direct and the youngster will learn quicker. Butremember harsh bits create harsh horses and will damage the mouth. The best thing is to use the lightest touch with a humane bit.

Nevertheless, I use a bitless bridle on horses with damaged teeth. They are much more comfortable, but some horses will take a month of training before accepting the concept of not having a bit in the mouth does not equal to freedom to do whatever.

No matter what device you use, the horse will have to be trained to acknowledge it. And the rider needs to know how to use the device.

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 Posted: Sat Feb 25th, 2012 11:30 pm
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Karal
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I rode my Q-horse with a side pull. He was one I could ride it a halter and lead rope. Didn't even have to make reins out of the lead rope. He was trained with legs more than a bit. I liked trail riding with it, cuz he could easily eat grass w/o getting grass tangled up with a bit. 

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 Posted: Thu Feb 16th, 2012 02:58 am
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GG2, you are right. I can ride my finished horses in a rope halter, BUT communication is quicker, clearer, and requires less effort on my part with a bit. Which increases my safety and the safety of my horse while riding on the roads or trails. If it was my horse, I may train with a rope halter (like clinton anderson) for now, but I definately wouldn't stop there. I would finish his training all the way until he is at some point in the Imus Comfort Gait bit (the best bit on the market IMHO).

If he does not like a bit right now, it could be that he just isn't used to it yet. Or he may have wolf teeth that are hiding just under the gum causing pain when bit pressure is applied. Your vet would need to help you there. Or it could be a poorly designed bit (like a snaffle that pinches his tounge or a snaffle mouth curb bit that acts as a nut cracker such as the tom thumb style bits). It could even be a simple matter of bridle adjustment causing the bit to bump his other teeth.

Ultimately, he will be a far more valuable horse to you or anyone else if he is fully trained to ride in a humane curb bit....

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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2012 03:42 pm
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Thank You :) I have Seen Folks ride with nothing but a Halter and 2 Lead Ropes attached and the Horse Does Everything Right.. Others I have seen don't Listen worth a " Hoot " without direct Guidence in The Mouth Via' a Bit... I guess it can Vary From Each Horse and Its Rider...

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 Posted: Sat Feb 11th, 2012 01:37 am
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We used a side pull on a mouthy young horse we owned. He did 'fair' in it but we were never even close to being satisfied as he always seemed dull and slow to making the correct decisions. I remember a gal coming to ride him when we had him up for sale asking, "Is he even broke?".

Looking back, I believe we should have tried to break him to everything including a bit because a horse that 'can't or won't' just seems less than what he ought to be. Just my opinion, of course.



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 Posted: Fri Feb 10th, 2012 11:51 pm
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GoneGaited2
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Any One Use a Side Pull  ? I hear alot about Bits and Bits... But What about Staying out of a Horses Mouth ? Control is Not about The " Bit " but Communication .. I always Laugh when a Rider thinks that a Horse cannot gain control " If " it wants to .. and Bit or Not ... a Piece of Metal cannot stop a Horse that is by size and weight way more Powerful. :D

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