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Post by Bigfoot » Sun May 05, 2013 10:49 pm

I've got cattle and horses. Horses are my favorite, I can't deny that. Of everybody I know with cattle 95% of us do it the same way. Of everybody I know with horse, all of us do it a different way. I think that's part of what I like about it.


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Post by cross_7 » Sun May 05, 2013 10:53 pm

He neck reins well but is a little stiff loping circles.
The biggest problem is like I mentioned before is when he gets after cattle and I rein him to stop he doesn't respond and I have to bump him pretty hard a time or two.
If I had the time I feel like I could straighten him out in the bosal so I think a mild bit and some poll pressure will get his attention.
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Post by chippie » Mon May 06, 2013 8:31 am

$100 is a lot to spend on a bit. You are paying for the name. There are several companies that make bits similar to Myler that are just as nice without the price.

Your horse may like this bit. It is the one that I use with my mare Chippie and my son's mare Foxy. It has a shorter shank than the Myler bit and has the same action. It is a well made bit and I am happy with how the horses work with it. The price is reasonable too. South Texas Tack is a family owned store. I love it.

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Edited to add I think that it is a Francois Gauthier bit. The reining guy.

ETA: I don't mean to give unsolicited advice, but when you stop him, back him a couple of steps, and pause before moving forward. He may be traveling on his forehand while loping making it hard for him to get his hind legs under him to stop. If you have a pen with a board or cattle panel fence, you can fence him at any gait. Work on that at a walk, then jog and finally at a lope. That will help get him on his rear and stop too.
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Post by cross_7 » Mon May 06, 2013 9:17 am

It's not that he can't stop, it's when he is after cattle and doesn't want to quit I really have to get his attention back on me
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Post by chippie » Mon May 06, 2013 9:51 am

I understand. I would still work on Whoa means stop now, not two or three or more steps after I tell you.
Once you get him stopped, back him to get his focus back on what you are telling him to do. He should stop when you tell him to regardless what is on his head or mouth. If he tries to run through the hackamore/bosal, work on him to get his attention and make him back.
What type of hackamore are you using? If it is one similar to this, the bottom should come in contact with his jaw when you pull back.

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Post by cross_7 » Mon May 06, 2013 11:31 am

Yes, rawhide bosal covered with latigo leather and fiador to adjust how it hangs
Mostly it's just when in the heat of the moment he goes into chase mode when he gets after cattle and loses his focus on me
I'm thinking a bit for a little more control and some poll pressure to lower his head into the stop
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Post by chippie » Mon May 06, 2013 11:38 am

try the last bit that I posted. I would work him several days to a week to get him used to it before trying him on cattle with it.

I have had good results using side pull for starting horses. You can see-saw it and get the nose a bit tender. That helps to get ones attention.
The bosal is used when they are shown.

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Post by cross_7 » Mon May 06, 2013 12:05 pm

Yes the one that has/had the stifle problem
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Post by cross_7 » Mon May 06, 2013 6:35 pm

Put 4 days in a row on him and it seems to be soaking in, but now it'll be a week or so before I can get back to him
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Post by alokpaul » Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:34 pm

Using a hackamore would be a great choice at first. Although, if you are absolutely certain a bit would be best, might you consider using a snaffle at first. A snaffle bit has reins directly connected to the rings to the rider's hand. This provides no leverage action and is a good choice for a horse that needs to get used to a mouthpiece. Keep in mind that any bit can be harsh or mild depending on the quietness of the rider's hands.

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Post by alokpaul » Mon Mar 16, 2020 4:45 am

As a few users already mentioned, a hackamore may do the trick. If a bit ends up to be necessary, starting out with a snaffle bit may be a good idea. Working up to a leverage bit may be a safer choice than going from a bosal straight to a curb. Make sure you are aware of what your horse is comfortable with.

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