Julie Goodnight Q&A: Bit Tips

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Question: I just purchased a seven-year-old gelding. The previous owner was riding him in a single-jointed snaffle bit. Now, I’m looking for a bit for him and he has responded badly to a D-ring snaffle, O-ring snaffle, and a Tom Thumb. He avoids begin bridled then gapes his mouth, yawns and rubs his face on […]

Issues From The Saddle: Good On Trail, Bad In The Arena

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Question Category: Issues from the Saddle Question: Dear Julie, I recently purchased my second horse, a twelve-year-old gelding. He has impeccable ground manners and is a pleasure to ride on trails but as soon as you get him in an arena it’s a disaster. He is unmanageable beyond a walk for a period of time. […]

Talk About Tack: Understanding Bits– Tom Thumb

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Question Category: Talk about Tack Question: Ms Goodnight: We always come and see your seminars at Equine affair in Ohio. Last year I really enjoyed your discussion about balance and position I took good notes which I still refer to I know this is an old question but I am a novice rider I purchased […]

Talk About Tack: Understanding Bits– Myler

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Question Category: Talk about Tack Question: Dear Julie, My question to you is what is your opinion of Myler bits? I came across a book recently that talked about the Myler comfort snaffle. I was surprised to learn that not all snaffles are exactly what they are supposed to be. The reason I’m asking is […]

Talk About Tack: Full-Cheek Snaffles

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Question: Dear Julie: I have seen quite a few western horses lately wearing full cheek snaffle bits without cavessons/nose bands or bit keepers. When I ask the rider about their bit, they reply, “To avoid the bit being pulled through the horse’s mouth.” Without a full cheek snaffle bit tucked in so to speak, isn’t […]