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  1. Bit Type Question

    I like the look of that first bit. Is a double jointed better than a single jointed bit? I think I might try that one. What's the second one called? Thanks!
  2. Bit Type Question

    I never thought about it like that, about the training mattering and not the bit. I guess my next step is to figure out what type of snaffle to get, there's just too many types! Thanks for your help!
  3. Bit Type Question

    Is there an English bit that is equivalent? I'm a little afraid if I don't get the right thing he won't listen to me or he'll get too upset. Thanks!
  4. Horse Afraid Of Hoses

    Hello everyone! I have been a lurker for a very long time, and 4 weeks ago was able to buy my very first horse. We're still getting used to each other, and I'm learning what he's dealt with and what is completely new to him. I'm discovering hoses and also the fly spray bottle are things he is wary of. I'm not sure what he is afraid of, but when I turn the hose on, even just near him, he starts to dance around, and will not stand still. I don't tie him yet because I don't want him to hurt himself. I'm trying to help work with him on getting used to the hose, I just want to be very careful since I don't want to create a bad experience for him. Is there anything I can do to help him get used to hoses and the water actually touching him? I'm willing to move as slowly as he needs, but he's a paint and with the heat we've been having lately, he is getting very nasty! He doesn't have a problem if you fill a bucket with water you can throw it over him. It's just the dancing when the hose turns on. He's also like that with the fly spray bottle. I can spray him as long as he doesn't see the bottle moving, its the sweeping motion that seems to bother him. Since he is my first horse, I just want to do the best I can with him. I don't want to create negative experiences for him but I think he'd really enjoy a bath on these hot days. Thanks so much for any suggestions!! :)
  5. Bit Type Question

    Hello all! I'm hoping this is the right place for this topic. I just recently purchased my first horse, a 7 year old paint gelding. He was started young as a 3 year old for roping, but he now does not like cows at all. I bought him to be my all around horse and I'm going to need to work with him english. The previous owner told me he was ridden in a tom thumb and that's what I've been using for him, but I'm not thrilled with it. I've only had him 4 weeks and because he's my first horse, I don't really know what type of bit to get for him to use for riding english. The tom thumb he's in is single-jointed. What type of bit would be similar and good for using two handed on a horse that is accustomed to a tom thumb bit? Thanks so much for any ideas you can give me! I just don't even know where to begin and I don't want to get something too harsh for him.