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  1. #1
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    Question "Surviving A Scary Moment" article on COTH....

    First of all, did everyone see this?? http://www.chronofhorse.com/article/...g-scary-moment

    Yikes!!!! But, it makes me wonder....is that a double bridle??

    If so, how common is that, in Jumpers these days? It makes me wonder if the bit had anything to do with the horse not wanting to go forward. Thoughts?



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    It looks like a double, but a double is not terribly different from a pelham, and depending on the mouthpiece can be much gentler than some of the snaffles these days.
    I think this was a bad day for the horse kind of thing, not a bitting kind of thing.
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    I do not think a double bridle (or curb bit) would cause a horse to rear or not go forward. Like every bit - it is as harsh as the hands that hold the reins.

    Once upon a time double bridles were very common in the jumper arena, I do not think they had lots of rearing and refusing to go forward as a result.

    Double bridled jumpers:

    Here

    Here

    Here

    Perhaps riding in a double bridle is a bit of a lost art, but if that rider's hands are nearly as good as her leg, I doubt the curb bit caused the rearing.


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    Possibly the horse got its tongue between or over the bits? Agree it's probably not the bits themselves that caused the rearing. Horses can have bad days, too.



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    Strange airs above the ground there.



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    Wow.

    Nope didn't see this article.

    Wonder if we will ever know the cause of the rearing? ie Horse had tongue over bit, we got it back over the bit, all is well. Horse had a bee in her bonnet, literally, we removed said bee, all is well.



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