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iloveponiesxx

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Gag bit + horse for sale?

Me and my mum are interested in a horse to by as our first horse, but he has a gag bit and my mum is a bit concerened that thsi meen hes strong, but it says he isnt:/ why do horses have gags?
thanks xxx

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iloveponiesxx

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Re: Gag bit

Also if anyone does know of or have a horse for sale in hampshire, pm me or something:) xxx
 

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cindars

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cindars says:

Re: Gag bit + horse for sale?

Think a horse in a gag is usually on going and you should always use two reins one just as a snaffle and the other is in case you need extra b rakes.  It maybe perfectly ok if just used for hacking and lessons but may need something a bit stronger for out riding.  What is horse being used for at  present?  I'm sure other people on here will have experience of using a gag and will give advice.

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CharParsley620

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Re: Gag bit + horse for sale?

 My chap in a gag and on the bottom ring for me to have any actual respect. But they are usually used on the ring below the snaffle just for some extra brakes/control. Honestly, I don't think this is a big deal.. Go and try the horse out and see..or take a confident friend with you to try the horse first.

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Leo2980

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Leo2980 says:

Re: Gag bit + horse for sale?

I bought Leo 5 years ago as a first horse and he was ridden in a three ring gag with reins on second ring.  He is a Welsh D X and can be a bit bolshy but it didn't put me off - although other people seemed to think a horse ridden in a gag was not suitable for a first horse!  He is now ridden in a bitless bridle but if he still needed to be ridden in a gag that is what I would do!

 

Go and try the horse, and then make a decision.  However, dont let the fact that he is in a gag put you off - he could be the perfect horse for you!

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flow

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flow says:

Re: Gag bit + horse for sale?

My boy is in a gag too. He is a cob and like Leo's welshie can be bolshy and stubborn so it just means I have the extra control that I need with him. I do ride light in my hands which suits us both but it means if he is having a moment where he doesnt want to listen to his mum then I have that extra control. It maybe that he was sold in a gag and the owners have kept him in this? You maybe able to wean him onto a bit that isnt as strong? See what he is like when you go and try him as you will get a feel for how he is.

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cindars

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cindars says:

Re: Gag bit + horse for sale?

Agree about the three ring I used to ride my old mare in one and have often seen them on welsh cobs, but are we talking about a proper gag or a three ring

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melxvengeance

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Re: Gag bit + horse for sale?

maybe because the horse is more comfortable in a gag, not because he is strong. horses are all different and some just don't like a snaffle.

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kevinhiatt

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Re: Gag bit + horse for sale?

Many horses hate a jointed snaffle as they are not that kind giving a nutcracker action, the ex-racehorse rescue I had was ridden in a french link snaffle as advised worked well no nutcracker action, the horse before was a Gypsy Cob who hated a snaffle but went lovely in a Vulcanite Pelham with double reins, now my new horse a Belgian warmblood took no notice of a snaffle even if a french link, the vulcanite pelham was a bit large for the mouth, but the answer is a strange one a French Link Rugby Pelham with the extra slip head and using double reins Sabrina really lathers up in the mouth so much yuck, then with a new type special saddle and a hunting breast plate but no martingale, I never use a crop when riding or spurs, even though was taufgt to use both.

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