skidroe

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  1. We have 2 senior horses (21 and 29) that are being fed Triple Crown Senior along with forage. The 29-year old has Cushings so we need to keep the sugars low. What is your preference between the two? Where we live, the Nutrena is about $5.00/bag less than the Triple Crown.
  2. Horse Is Not Accepting Bit

    Ugh! My 11-year old quarterhorse started giving me fits about 4 months ago with not accepting the bit when I go to tack him up. My vet said he had several sharp points in his mouth so I understood why he wouldn't want a bit in his mouth. I has his teeth floated and guess what--still tosses his head to the moon and back in an effort to avoid it. I never had this problem with him before, and I wonder if he just got used to avoiding because it was painful and that's what he's now learned. GRRRRRR. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  3. Horse Is Not Accepting Bit

    Excellent advice Smilie! Thanks so much--I will be working on all of this over the weekend.
  4. Horse Is Not Accepting Bit

    Nick, it sounds to me like we are trying to achieve the same thing by loosening the headstall. I smelled the bit last night and although it smelled more "steel" than my other ones, I wouldn't say it stinks. I am going to try a sweet iron this weekend and see if that helps.
  5. Horse Is Not Accepting Bit

    I have loosened the headstall as far as it will go and I can get it over his ears.
  6. Horse Is Not Accepting Bit

    He lowers his head and will keep it level until I get the bit close to his mouth and then he fights. I will check his ears tonight but I haven't noticed any issues with them (I can slip the bridle over his ears without a problem). The snaffle is a single joint, kind of thick, but I've had it a long time and don't remember what the material is. I recently bought a Korsteel full cheek snaffle but I think it's stainless.
  7. Horse Is Not Accepting Bit

    Sorry, not sure what you mean by how the bit is offered and how I ride with it. I have been using a tapered dee snaffle.
  8. a BIT of confusion

    quote: Originally posted by Pamela: It's for a horse already familiar with curbs. The S shank helps keep the horse from grabbing the shanks and playing with them. The port on this bit is relatively high giving good tongue relief, although is way too much for starting a horse out in a curb and port. It's made to encourage a horse drop at the pole while the rider lifts a shoulder. I LOVE this bit and introduce this after the low port MB04 mouth myler I showed above or slap this one on a horse that's hard mouthed or yopur typical stud that could care less about being pushed around. If I need more I go with a correction bit (for training, not showing). quote:Originally posted by skidroe: Pamela: Is the MB 47PB considered a severe bit? I might like that for my 21-year old as opposed to the solid curb he was being ridden in when we got him. Snafu! Let's try this again. This bit sounds like it would fit Socks to a tee.
  9. a BIT of confusion

    quote: Originally posted by Pamela: It's for a horse already familiar with curbs. The S shank helps keep the horse from grabbing the shanks and playing with them. The port on this bit is relatively high giving good tongue relief, although is way too much for starting a horse out in a curb and port. It's made to encourage a horse drop at the pole while the rider lifts a shoulder. I LOVE this bit and introduce this after the low port MB04 mouth myler I showed above or slap this one on a horse that's hard mouthed or yopur typical stud that could care less about being pushed around. If I need more I go with a correction bit (for training, not showing). quote:Originally posted by skidroe: Pamela: Is the MB 47PB considered a severe bit? I might like that for my 21-year old as opposed to the solid curb he was being ridden in when we got him. Snafu! Let's try this again. This bit sounds like it would fit Socks to a tee.
  10. a BIT of confusion

    quote: Originally posted by Pamela: It's for a horse already familiar with curbs. The S shank helps keep the horse from grabbing the shanks and playing with them. The port on this bit is relatively high giving good tongue relief, although is way too much for starting a horse out in a curb and port. It's made to encourage a horse drop at the pole while the rider lifts a shoulder. I LOVE this bit and introduce this after the low port MB04 mouth myler I showed above or slap this one on a horse that's hard mouthed or yopur typical stud that could care less about being pushed around. If I need more I go with a correction bit (for training, not showing). quote:Originally posted by skidroe: Pamela: Is the MB 47PB considered a severe bit? I might like that for my 21-year old as opposed to the solid curb he was being ridden in when we got him.
  11. a BIT of confusion

    quote: Originally posted by Pamela: It's for a horse already familiar with curbs. The S shank helps keep the horse from grabbing the shanks and playing with them. The port on this bit is relatively high giving good tongue relief, although is way too much for starting a horse out in a curb and port. It's made to encourage a horse drop at the pole while the rider lifts a shoulder. I LOVE this bit and introduce this after the low port MB04 mouth myler I showed above or slap this one on a horse that's hard mouthed or yopur typical stud that could care less about being pushed around. If I need more I go with a correction bit (for training, not showing). quote:Originally posted by skidroe: Pamela: Is the MB 47PB considered a severe bit? I might like that for my 21-year old as opposed to the solid curb he was being ridden in when we got him.
  12. a BIT of confusion

    You're right Pamela. My original comment should have been a solid curb/shank. I was trying to achieve lateral flexion in a solid curb a few months ago and posted a question as to what bit I should be using. I received some wonderful advice, and I believe you were one of the trainers who responded!
  13. a BIT of confusion

    You're right Pamela. My original comment should have been a solid curb/shank. I was trying to achieve lateral flexion in a solid curb a few months ago and posted a question as to what bit I should be using. I received some wonderful advice, and I believe you were one of the trainers who responded!
  14. a BIT of confusion

    Pamela: Is the MB 47PB considered a severe bit? I might like that for my 21-year old as opposed to the solid curb he was being ridden in when we got him.
  15. a BIT of confusion

    Pamela: Is the MB 47PB considered a severe bit? I might like that for my 21-year old as opposed to the solid curb he was being ridden in when we got him.
  16. a BIT of confusion

    Thanks l2r. That's kind of what I thought but had a moment of confusion--wait, it wasn't a moment, it's my usual state!
  17. a BIT of confusion

    Thanks l2r. That's kind of what I thought but had a moment of confusion--wait, it wasn't a moment, it's my usual state!
  18. a BIT of confusion

    quote: Originally posted by Inspired cowgirl: He was using a simple chain bit but I decided to change him into a curb bit (which is better than a chain). I did ground work and simple saddle work. Like flexing, giving, lateral/vertical flexing. Neck cues and leg cues. Backing up, ONE REIN STOPS... Please explain to me how to do flexing and one rein stops with a curb bit. I thought it was not really possible to do.
  19. a BIT of confusion

    quote: Originally posted by Inspired cowgirl: He was using a simple chain bit but I decided to change him into a curb bit (which is better than a chain). I did ground work and simple saddle work. Like flexing, giving, lateral/vertical flexing. Neck cues and leg cues. Backing up, ONE REIN STOPS... Please explain to me how to do flexing and one rein stops with a curb bit. I thought it was not really possible to do.
  20. EEEEEk! NO HAY SC People

    e.s.dressage: I just sent you a PM.
  21. Complaint Department (Boarders/Horse People)

    I used to board and can tell you that the facility was a Peyton Place, including the owner who talked to everybody about everybody else. The sniping was ridiculous. I was so glad to get my own property so I don't have to deal with it anymore.
  22. Complaint Department (Boarders/Horse People)

    I used to board and can tell you that the facility was a Peyton Place, including the owner who talked to everybody about everybody else. The sniping was ridiculous. I was so glad to get my own property so I don't have to deal with it anymore.
  23. Horse in la-la land when lungeing

    swinghorse: I definitely agree that they can make it up as they go! I think they're alot smarter, or maybe more clever, than we give them credit for. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
  24. Horse in la-la land when lungeing

    Any suggestions on how to get a horse to pay more attention when being lunged? I was lungeing our 21-year old gelding at a walk last night and asked for whoa 3 times with absolutely no response from him at all. It was like I wasn't in the same county. I finally jerked the line to get his attention and it startled him, like he finally realized that I was on the other end of the line.
  25. Horse in la-la land when lungeing

    swinghorse: I definitely agree that they can make it up as they go! I think they're alot smarter, or maybe more clever, than we give them credit for. I'll keep you posted on the progress.