Wednesday, July 2, 2008

My horse's new snaffle bit

Well, I did it — I upgraded my horse's bit. One of the other boarders was selling a snaffle bit that was pretty small, so last Wednesday my trainer and I tried it out on him. To my surprise, Panama has responded to it really well, so I've decided to go ahead and keep using it.

One thing I've noticed is that Panama is much more sensitive to directions with the new bit, so I don't have to try as hard — for instance, just a squeeze of my fingers on the reins is all that's needed to get him to turn. He's also stopping a little better than before (though he still has some problems with this).

As much as I hate to admit it, maybe my trainer was right about Panama needing a tougher bit than that rubber training bit. I'm pleased with how responsive he is to the new bit — it's almost like he's reading my mind!

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