stronger (the horse)

hey can we all collectively stop the fuckin insistance that bauchers are stronger than regular snaffles? please? cuz they are not, (unless the mouthpiece is a lot thinner or is twisted in some fashion) they are literally just snaffles that are a little bit more stable in the mouth than your standard loose ring or eggbut and they actually take pressure off of the poll when pressure is put on them (this is actually tested in this video)

Relationships Part 1 Our!Ciel

There’s something I’ve been thinking about since the big reveal in Chapter 129 (warning Spoilers ahead). A lot of people have been speculating about the relationship between the two boys, and yet I’ve not seen a lot on exactly how their relationship to Lizzy differs and how that’s going to effect the story as a whole.  For the purpose of this piece, I’m going to refer to the Ciel we know as Ciel (or if I have to for clarification Our!Ciel) and the boy that appears to be the actual Ciel as The Twin, Twin  (or if I have to for clarification Real!Ciel). That being said let’s dive into this.

I want to bring up something quickly: I have to agree with @thedarkestcrow, @midnight-in-town in regard to the fact that several of the adults, outside of the Servants, know that Ciel is not the Twin, but rather the child that was kept in the house. This includes Takana, Aunt Frances, Uncle Alexis (So weird that he’s got the same name as the loon from Godchild, but anyway), and the late Aunt Ann. There is also the chance that Dee also knows it, since he was with Vincent a lot and probably knew the differences in the twins.


Let me start with the twin that we know best. We’ve learned throughout the story a bit about Ciel, though it’s limited to his memories, but they do show quite a bit about who he was before the events in the story take place. And it’s an interesting situation that I’ve noticed and have to wonder about.

Keep reading


Bb pirates ft. Luffy

(Sorry if it’s smudgy and stuff. This was done in my sketchbook and I had to use a B pencil to even have it show up in the scan)

Lance and Keith being domestic is my favourite thing tbh

-Lance loves to sleep in so every morning that he doesn’t need to be up early, he sleeps in until Keith literally rips him out of bed
-Keith wakes up almost every morning at 6 or something like that. He doesn’t understand how Lance can sleep for so long
-Do not talk to Lance until he’s done his morning routine or else he usually just glares and pouts
-Keith is usually waiting for him with a cup of coffee
-Lance talks Keith into having at least a “beauty night” at least once every two weeks
-Keith loves watching Lance dance, whether it be goofy dancing or sensual dancing or anything in between. He loves the way Lance seems to move so fluidly
-Sometimes when Keith comes home late, he usually finds Lance passed out on the couch(no, he wasn’t waiting) and will have to wake him up to take him to the room
-Keith hogs the blankets. They have separate blankets but will share whenever they cuddle(Lance still wakes up freezing and has to rip the blankets out from under Keith who always cocoons himself in them)
-Lance never thought of himself as a jealous person, but seeing people hit on Keith… He may or may not become a lot more hands on or even kiss Keith in front of the other person
-Keith finds it adorable. However, whenever he notices someone flirting with Lance, he usually walks up and whispers something into Lance’s ear which usually makes the other completely red
-Pidge finds them disgustingly sweet whenever they watch movies and Lance and Keith are usually cuddled up
-When they’re drunk, they both get into some weird competition over who loves who more
-It ends with Hunk and Pidge taking them home because both are plastered and trying to get into each other’s pants
-Pidge now watches how much they drink
-Lance introduced Keith to conditioner. Keith still doesn’t understand why it’s such a big deal
-Keith first noticed he was in love with Lance when they were at one of Lance’s family BBQ’s and he watched the way Lance was with all the kids and how bright his laughter was
-Lance first noticed he was in love with Keith when Keith was a drunken mess, hair everywhere and clutching a pail like his life depended on it. “Lance I think I might be drunk” he slurred horribly and grinned and Lance just knew. (The moment was a bit ruined by said grinning boy puking a second later)
-The first time Keith said “I love you” was in an agreement, and was more along the lines of “Why do I have to be in love with you??”
-Lance may have started crying a bit and replied “I love you too”
-The fight ended there and ended with mushy hugs
-Lance is taller than Keith by literally 3 inches and hordes it over him. “Oh, do you need me to grab ____ from the top shelf? I got you.”
-Keith is stronger than Lance and horses that over him. “Beat me in an arm wrestle and I’ll let you go first”
-When Lance goes through his moods, Keith cuddles him and kisses the tip of his head while reassuring him
-When Keith becomes more withdrawn, Lance usually pulls him into hugs and becomes a lot more affectionate
-Lance doesn’t have panic attacks often but the first time he has one around Keith, Hunk is called to help. Keith asks Hunk to teach him how to help Lance
-Keith once agreed to let Lance do his make up. He forgot he had it on and left to a job interview with it. He got the job but never realized he had it on until he was washing his face before bed
-Lance will still swear to this day that his eyeliner and shadow was “a million” times better than Shiro’s
-Shiro was offended at that because excuse you, his is obviously the best
-Lance once bleached his hair and Keith didn’t recognize him
-Keith cut his hair once and Lance wouldn’t shut up about it for a week (Keith realized Lance really did like his mullet)
-Keith loves embarrassing Lance in public. Not in a mean way, but saying something that no one else knows about and Lance going red and covering his mouth “Shut up omg”
-Keith not getting social qu’s sometimes so he just watches whatever Lance’s reaction is and copying it
-Lance is almost always fixing Keith’s hair for him

One Piece Characters Birthdays

We’ll forget them anyway xD


01. Portugas D. Ace - Daz Bones (Mr 1) - Islewan (New World Captain)
02. Peeply Lulu
03. Iceburg - Aisa
04. Crocus - Peterman
05. Strawberry
06. Tilestone - Oimo
07. Mozu
08. Emporio Ivankov
09. Pickles
10. Eustass Kid - Queen Otohime
11. Itomimizu (commentatore Davy Back Fight)
12. Doctor Hiluluk
13. Ikaros Muchi
14. Sweet Pea
15. A.O (New World Captain)
17. Capone “Gang” Bege
18. Splash - Splatter (salvatori di Sanji)
19. Spandine
26. Nero
27. Lola
31. Aladdin


01. Brogy - Doma (New World Captain)
02. Nefetari Vivi - Killer
03. Fuza (Shura’s pet) - Barbabruna (Brownbeard) - Bizarre (New World Captain)
04. Nyon - Fukaboshi - Haruta
05. Vista - Blamenco
06. Nico Robin - Nico Olvia - Blondie (New World Captain)
08. Gonbe - Onigumo
09. Bartholomew Kuma - Genbou - Wadatsumi
10. Mikazuki
12. Little Oars Jr.
15. Charlotte Linlin (Big Mom) - Daisy
16. Bluejam
20. Kumadori
22. Hamburg - Jerry
23. Makino
24. Enishida
28. Woop Slap (Sindaco del villaggio di Fuusha)


01. Minorhinoceros
02. Sanji - Reiju, Red, Blue and Green - San Juan Wolf
03. Galdino (Mr 3) - Hina
04. Mashira - Minotaurus
05. Sadi-chan - Minokoala
06. Jaguar D. Saul - Salome (Hancock’s pet)
07. Minozebra
08. Zambai
09. Franky (Cutty Flam) - Shanks - Dracule Mihawk
10. Sentoumaru - Satori - Nola (serpente gigante di Skypiea)
11. Palms (New World Captain) - Spandam
12. Stelly
13. Lafitte
14. Smoker - Alvida
16. Tom
19. Scratchmen Apoo - Atmos
20. Sabo - Shiki
21. Lieutenant Spacey
24. Thatch
25. Ohm
26. Tsuru
29. Catarina Devon - Saint Shalulia
30. Manboshi
31. Giudice Baskerville (Bas, Kerville and Princess)


01. Usopp - Kashi
02. Jinbei - Zeff
03. Brook - Porchemi - Monda (Foxy Pirates’ pet)
04. Princess Shirahoshi - Foxy
05. Yamakaji (Vice Ammiraglio) - Ministro della destra (Minister of the Right)
06. Edward Newgate (Whitebeard) - Speed Jiru - Jean Bart
08. Doctor Clover - Megalo
09. Caesar Clown - Yorki - Margaret - Mohmoo
10. Forest Boss (Monkey in Gedatsu ministory)
13. Morgan
14. Hody Jones
15. Fossa
16. Stronger (Doc Q’s horse)
18. Hyouzou
20. Blueno
22. Capitan Kuro
23. Kalifa
28. Funkfreed (spada elefantesca)
29. Miss Goldenweek


01. Kaido - Capote
02. Monkey D. Garp - Coribou
03. Arlong
04. Ishilly
05. Monkey D. Luffy - Demaro Black (Finto Luffy)
06. Eneru
08. Shakky
09. Sengoku & Kong
10. Heracles
13. Silvers Rayleigh - Coby
18. Gorilla (Marine Captain)
19. Andre (New World Captain) - John Giant
20. Conis
22. Decalvan Brothers
23. Chuu (Chew)
25. Big Pan
31. Lacueva


01. St Charloss - Moda (Ragazza della mini avventura di Ace)
02. Chimney - Rob Lucci - Ronse (Vice Ammiraglio)
03. Mousse (Calgara’s daughter)
04. Epoida (New World Captain)
05. Jabra
06. Momonga - Karma (New World Captain)
07. Perona
08. Saldeath - Lacroix (Vice Admiral)
09. Rockstar - Surume
10. Portgas D. Rouge - Dalton
11. Shiryuu
12. Disco
20. Amadob (New World Captain)
22. Gyro
24. Ryuuboshi
28. St Roswald
29. Fukurou
30. Elmy (New World Captain)


02. Ministro della Sinistra (Minister of the Left)
03. Nami - Re Nettuno (King Neptune)
04. Caribou
06. Lucky Roo - Namur
07. Laki
08. Paulie - Daruma
10. Kamakiri - Ramba (New World Captain)
15. Donquixote Rosinante
16. Helmeppo - Seto
17. Hammond
23. Richie
29. Kadar (G2 Marine)


01. Urouge - Aphelandra
02. Yasopp
03. Inazuma - Marshall D. Teach (Blackbeard)
04. Amazon - Dirt Boss (Mole from Gedatsu mini-story)
05. Basco Shot (Vasco Shot) - Gaimon - Octopako
06. Sodom & Gomorrah
07. Kaku - Bellamy
08. Buggy - Hatchan
09. Vegapunk - Wapol
10. Hattori (Lucci’s pet) - Gedatsu
11. Duval
15. Bentham - Tsukimi
16. Akainu
18. Wiper
19. Motobaro
22. Vander Decken IX
25. Corgi (Agente del Governo)
27. Monet
28. Hannyabal
30. Curly Dadan
31. Cavendish


01. Jewelry Bonney - Kiwi - Delakuaji
02. Boa Hancock
03. Boa Sandersonia - McGuy (New World Captain) - Brandnew (Marine Lieutenant Commander)
04. Wanze - Kumashi (Kumacy)
05. Sir Crocodile - Boa Marigold
06. Gekko Moriah - Squard - Macro
08. Cabaji - Rakuyo
09. Basil Hawkins - Madame Shyarly
10. T-bone & Berrygood
11. Montblanc Cricket
12. Curiel
13. Laboon
15. Spoil (Capo dell’Associazione delle Vittime del Furto d’Ombra di Thriller Bark)
18. Devil Dias (Tenryuubito slave)
19. Don Krieg
20. Shura
21. Aokiji - Pappug
24. Su (Conis’ pet)
30. Avalo Pizarro


01. Comil - Mohji
02. Dorry - Tonjit
03. Yama
04. Calgara - Oars
05. Marco - Van Augur (The Supersonic) - Monkey D. Dragon - Kokoro
06. Tashigi - Trafalgar Law - Bartolomeo
08. Doberman - Pierre (Gan Fall’s pet)
09. Magellan - Dosun - Noland
10. Den
13. Izo
14. Haredas
16. Taroimo (Cyborg Dog)
18. Doc Q
20. Tyrannosaurus (Iceburg’s pet)
23. Donquixote Doflamingo
24. X Drake
25. Koala - Kuroobi
30. Domino - Magra
31. Shelly (Tonjit’s pet) - Whitey Bay


01. Dalmatian (Vice Ammiraglio)
03. Keimi
04. Kashigami (Snake God of the Shandians)
05. Fisher Tiger
06. Ryuma
07. Holy
09. Albion - Benn Beckman - Jalmack
11. Roronoa Zoro - Zeo - Jozu
13. Kingdew
16. Porche
20. Bepo
23. Kizaru - Ankoro
24. Ran
26. Goro (Kohza’s uncle)


05. Dr. Indigo
19. Dogra & Hogback
22. Gan Fall
24. Tony Tony Chopper
25. Jesus Burgess
30. Absalom
31. Gol D. Roger

The new housekeeper (part 4)

Summary:  In a parallel world in which the curse was never casted, Prince Adam is still a spoiled, selfish and unkind man. And now, since Mrs Potts, the woman who took care of him all his life, is going to leave his castle, and you’re taking her place, he’s being even more mean, because things are chaning, and he doesn’t like changes.

Pairing: Prince Adam x Female!Reader

Words: 1109

Parts: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Finale

Even though the fact that the Prince went much more mad at me than he was due to the fact that I called him a child, the next few days were quite entertaining. I always had something to do around the castle, and if I hadn’t, I was with Chip, teaching him how to read and write or playing with him.

But, in Chip’s third day in the castle, he started to feel sick. He was always dizzy, and wanted to throw up. He couldn’t even get out of bed and he was always so hot.

In that moment, he was laying in my bed, sleeping, and I was taking care of him. I heard someone knocking at the door.

- Come in! - I said.

The door was opened, and Lumière and Cogsworth entered the room.

- How is he? - asked Cogsworth.

- He isn’t improving. I don’t know what to do… Shall we take him back with his mother?

- I think that would be the best thing…

- But – Lumière interrupted – It’s too late now… We should wait until tomorrow.

- I… don’t know… He’s getting worse and worse…

- I can take him to the village – we heard from the door. The three of us looked there, and saw the Prince. - It’s too dangerous for any of you to do it.

- What do you mean? - I asked, angry.

- Well, Lumière and Cogsworth are too old to go alone on the forest, and you…

- And me, what?

- You’re a woman.

I opened my mouth, incredulous.

- You must be joking.

- I’m not. The forest is too dangerous at night, for a girl like you to go.

- You know what? I’m going to take Chip to the village, and when I come back, you’ll see that the forest is no danger for a girl like me.

- Fine. But when the wolves come out and attack you, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

- Fine. Now, leave. I must prepare Chip for the journey.

The three men left, leaving me alone with Chip. I went to the bed and sat there, waking him up.

- Hey, Chip.

- Don’t worry, I heard it all… Why do you and the Prince fight so much?

- We have… different ideas.

- Mom always says that the ones who fight end up together.

- I don’t think that’ll ever hapen, Chip… Now come on, we have to leave before it’s too late.

- But… what about the wolves?

- They don’t exist. The Prince made them up to scare us.

- Are you sure?

- Pretty.

- Okay…

- Let’s go, put on your clothes. Take your bag and meet me at the stables, okay?

- Okay!

I left the room, and went to the stables to prepare the horse. A few minutes later, Lumière went with Chip by his hand.

- Are you sure you want to do this, cherie? You don’t have to prove anything, we know you’re a strong woman…

- I’m not trying to prove anything. I just want Chip to get better. And the only way is to take him to the village.

- But, what if we just wait one more night?

- Anything can happen in just one night, Lumière – I said, putting Chip on top of the horse. - I’m sorry, but I won’t take any risks. Not with Chip.

- As you wish, mademoiselle

I got on the horse as well, and left the castle. We were riding for half an hour in that moment, when we heard howls.

- I-is that a wolf, [Y/N]?

- No, sweetie… It’s just the wind – I lied, dragging him closer to me. - Why don’t you try to sleep? It’ll be a bit yet until we come home.

- O-okay.

- Don’t be afraid, darling. I’m here.

- Could you sing to me a little bit, please?

- Okay… Remember the master I used to have?

- Maurice?

- Oui. He taught me a song once. It was called “How does a moment last forever”. Would you like to listen to it?

- Yes…

I stroke his hair, and started to sing.

- How does a moment last forever? How can a story never die? It is love we must hold onto… Never easy but we try… Sometimes our happiness is captured, somehow, a time and place stand still… Love lives inside our hearts and always will…

- Wow… It’s beautiuful. You sing really well, [Y/N].

- Thanks. He told me he used to sing it to his little daughter, when they lived in Paris.

- Maurice has a daughter?

- Had… She and her wife passed when she was only one year… They were sick.

- Oh…

Then, the howls came back, and stronger. Scared, I made the horse run to the village.

- [Y/N]?

- Silence, Chip.

- But…

- Chip, please.

- The wolves…

- There are no wolves in here, Chip.

- They are behind us…

I looked back, and, indeed, they were behind us. I pushed the horse strings to make him run faster, and, when we were about to leave the wolves behind, he fell, throwing Chip and me to the ground.

- Chip! - I got up, and ran to him, protecting him with my body. - They won’t hurt you, I promise. - I whispered, stroking his hair.

I saw one of the wolves coming right to us, and I closed my eyes, assuming the worst. A minute later, when nothing had happened, I opened my eyes. A horse, who wasn’t ours, was in the middle of the wolf and us, protecting us. I heard a shot, and all the wolves escaped. I looked up, seeing the Prince with a gun in his hands.

- I told you it was too dangerous for you! - he said, getting off the horse. - Why can’t you listen to me for once!?

- Were you following us?

- Of course I was! I didn’t want any of you getting hurt!

I got up, with Chip between my arms, and hugged him.

- Thank you. And I’m sorry… I should’ve listened to you…

- It’s okay – he said, hugging me back. - Just promise me it won’t happen again.

- It won’t.

- Now, let’s go back to the castle. Tomorrow, we’ll take him home. There have been too many emotions for you today.

I nodded, getting in the horse again. Chip went with the Prince this time, and we went to the castle in the deepest silence of all.

Mount concept for one of my Lolirock OCs . Not something as fancy & cute as Amaru ! He can’t fly, he can’t cast spells or a crystal arena, can’t really communicate with his rider ( his equipment isn’t here for nothing ) .

This specie ( more informations later with color charts, heights , breeding informations etc… ) is based on shire horses ( you certainly know knight’s battle horses were more light draft type than slim ones, not really heavy horses like here but stronger than a regular horse) with a hint of rhinoceros. I don’t have a name for this specie for the moment, but I don’t remember they told us what Amaru is exactly. You want to see what he could be in action ? Just look at that:

Yeah, like Angus, the only draft horse I find cool ( my SSO friends know how I deeply hate heavy horses ) . You have an idea of the speed this mount have too. 

This specie is mainly from Calix and adapted to a rough life. It’s a perfect sidekick for warriors.

Let’s back to Rezza’s one ! He is called Afar and was raised for war. She received him when she joined the Calix’ army . Let’s get straight : not every soldier have a mount. Rezza is the daughter of a high ranked aristocrat , raised at the court and trained to be an elite warrior. Close friend of princess Carissa, they learn some fight bases together before following their own ways. She is extremely proud of Afar . Good jumper, he needs to train to be stronger but is already quite fast and responsive.

Oh ! Did I mention that specie is omnivorous ? Like us he needs meat or fish along veggies to be healthy. 

The Annual Horsblr Drama Recap: 2016 edition

January: “Unbranded”: promoting the mustang? or just a group of stupid thrill seeking college kids knowingly putting their horses lives in danger? “Take your rich bitch money and fat mouth elsewhere”:  The “If you say everyone needs a trainer, you’re elitist” mantra.  The State of America: Judge Qualifications.  Horse Slaughter: livestock animal, best friend, or both? ALERT: Police on high alert after the word “piaffe” was mentioned by an unqualified individual. Those unintentional suicide jokes.  What brand is your bridle? Our experts weigh in on what your bridle says about your financial status.  LDR vs Rolkur, AGAIN… The Facts: Is there a correlation between liking a certain breed and preferring a certain style of horse management? 

February:  Conspiracy: Theveganmothership and Banallequinesports are the same person.  NEWSFLASH: putting stallions in the same area so they can sort out their hierarchy under the careful eyes of their owners is abusive and disgusting.  “jfc Janet BAIL is what you have when you are in jail and BALE is what hay is in.  Learn to fckn spell”  Halters: Nylon vs. Leather?  Safety vs. Aesthetics?  Helmet Girl strikes again!  Weighted tails, weighted bits, and other training nonsense.     

March:  Real Talk: is it Horseblr or Horsblr? Arthur’s absolutely appalling joke of a browband.  Some interesting A circuit hunters drama that had something to do with burn marks??  Do we or do we not want barrel racers to wear helmets with cowboy hat attachments: safety vs aesthetics part 2.  “My daddy bought me an import and I only see it once a month”.  The bald face debate. Salt against saddleseat. Dogblr vs Horsblr: Cesar Milan edition.  The Pénélope Leprevost incident. 

April:  Can horses be assholes on purpose?  Barrel Racing and Dressage:  Are the two disciplines on equal grounds?  Bits in the Hunter Ring: What the riders don’t want you to see.  BREAKING NEWS: Witnesses say a photo of an average quarter horse preforming  piaffe circulated created uproar among dressage enthusiasts convinced that only warmbloods are capable of such movements. Australia’s ridiculous National Security laws and what they have to do with not vaccinating your horse.  Animal welfare concerns: clipping horses for the winter.  NEW INFO: Lainey Ashker killed her horses!

May:  Famous self proclaimed horseman Clinton Anderson flips a horse over: Was it preventable?  TONIGHT ON 7 NEWS: Horsblr’s collective obsession with the piaffe.  Vague blogging at its finest.  You can’t take your horse out on hacks unless you have exposed them to every single possible flight response trigger, otherwise, you suck.  Double twisted wire bits on Hunter ponies: Hot or not?  If you use two saddle pads, you are the DEVIL.  The saga continues: Tear Lainey’s dressage skills apart but Edward Gal is untouchable.

June:  Mares vs. Geldings.  Proper ‘Eq’: What happened to shoulder hip heel? Dogblr weighs in: Adopting vs. Buying. 

July:  Exposing your young horse to show jumping: ABUSE.  Page 45, section 4, subsection 5, paragraph 2 of Hunter barn ‘eq’tiquette dictates that you can’t drink water during lessons… (its a sign of weakness)  Also, page 27, section 2 says that praising your horse before leaving the ring is frowned upon and points may be deducted. Falsterbo Horse Show footage.  Clinton Anderson’s “death to tree huggers” video controversy.  

August: CWD Female Saddle: Sexist? or does since and physiology back their products up?  Stronger bits for stronger horses: an indicator for lack or training.  RIO 2016 ~ super cresty lusitanos, Adeline Cornellisen scratches mid test (what a hero) Country of Origin Bias: Kittel vs Ward.  Vulture squad vs. Bench bitches??? 

September:  Spanking your horse: acceptable or barbaric?  Negative Reinforcement: a  non-aversive, magical method of communication between you an your horse <3.  Our readers weigh in on how your sex life may correlate with how you handle horsblr discourse. 

October:  “People who can’t afford to take quality care of their pets have every right to continue to own their animals”.  Polo wraps are always a valid reason to start drama.

November:  Donald Trump is elected…  On barn dogs and which ones to shoot.  WHAT KIND OF SQUASH IS THAT?!  Poor horse folk outraged and left feeling bitter after Cylana sold to young rider for 3 million USD.  Attention: There is only one true way to lunge your horse, only one, thats it.  The chaff discourse. 

December: Barrel racing Instagram equestrians and futurity shit.  “Kicking Your Horse in the Chest for Refusing to Jump and other Tantrums”.  Personal opinion posts taken way too far.  Pro-anas infiltrate horseblr.  Hoof Crack Treatment Discourse.  Gettin Salty: Dutch Harness Horses.  Biting and Aggression: Best Plan of Action? “Wow I cant believe ur horse is on bute when u haven’t been given it by a vet even tho if i had checked your blog for literally 5 seconds i would have seen i was literally wrong!”

anonymous asked:

It's transportation on horseback. I was thinking of how they feel while riding, special care they might need while travelling (like how often to stop so they rest), how they are controlled, and maybe how to help someone that has never ridden a horse to get on it

Hmmmmmmm. Well, how it feels to be on a horse depends a lot on the saddle and the horse itself, as well as the rider. As far as saddles go, I only have experience with English - 

And Western - 

There are other types of saddles, but I don’t know anything about them, lol. 

In an english saddle, and when riding english, the rider “posts,” or lifts off the saddle with the rhythm of the horse - 

When riding english, one would generally “direct rein,” which means there’s a rein in each hand and when one pulls a certain rein, it directs the horse to go in that direction - 

Generally english will hold their reins much tighter than western, especially show horses. Even to the point sometimes where a horse’s neck begins to curl upward. While I don’t do a lot of english riding and generally disagree with a lot of english (and western for that matter) training practices, using a tight direct rein, as well as a stiffer bit, will allow for better control of the horse. I use this when I’m first green breaking a horse–to keep better control–when I’m dealing with a problematic horse, or when a horse is simply acting like a butthead. 

Jumpers, dressage, and race horses generally use a variation of the english saddle. 

I’m MUCH more experienced with Western, however, because I was raised with a more rustic, ranching style of riding. 

Western riders don’t post–they keep their butts in the saddle - 

The saddles are designed to keep you settled. Above, we see the rider gripping the horn–which the english saddle does not have–in order to stay more firmly inside the seat. You can also see the that the seat comes up in the back, which also helps keep the rider in place. A barrel racing saddle will have a higher seat, while endurance saddles will sit lower and be more focused on comfort. There are other variations–different kinds of horns and pommels–but I won’t go into that.

But if the rider is going fast enough to justify holding the horn, how do they control the horse? 

This is where neck reining comes in. Neck reining only requires one hand, as the rider holds both reins. Most of my reins are attached to make this easier. The horse is trained to respond to the pressure on their neck–lay the lead across the left side of their neck and they go right; lay if over the right and they go left. 

There is no reason all horses can’t be trained to neck rein. It’s easy. You cross the reins under their chin (when teaching) so when you lay the reins one way, it pulls the bit in the correct direction. They pick up on it fast. I can literally train a horse to do this in one ride. They may suck at it, and forget for next time (which is why consistency is important), but it’s not hard. And allows for a more relaxed ride–so long as the horse isn’t nuts, mind you. I say this because long distance travel would be better with this type of technique, so it may be important for you to use in your story.  

Most neck reining is looser than direct reining, as most western riders prefer a more relaxed position. In fact, the lower the horse’s head in western shows, thus making their back flatter, the more “desirable” their posture. Again, I disagree with the training methods here, but I don’t compete. I ride my horses for pleasure and actual, like, country purposes, so my horses hold their heads however they want to. Honestly, western trained horses in shows look really just… sad to me, lol.

But whatever–that’s none of my business. 

You may sometimes see someone in a western saddle posting like they would in an english saddle. This is wrong. The only time I’ve ever directed a western rider to post is if their inexperienced and the horse they’re on has a particularly bouncy gate (gate: how they move). It’s really not safe to do as, if you’re not seated in the saddle in a western saddle and the horse comes to a sudden stop or jumps, you’re liable to hurt yourself on the horn or pommel. But someone who can’t stay in the saddle anyway may be posting to initially keep their balance. If you see someone posting in a western saddle, they’re either inexperienced or don’t know how to ride western. 

Or the horse is just REALLY bouncy. Which brings me around to different types of horses. There are a lot of different kinds of horses and how they moves is both an individual thing, how they’re trained, and a reflection of their breed/type/whatever. 

Draft horses, for example, are usually very fast trotters and don’t like to canter/gallop. It’s hard and generally not always collected because they’ve been bred to trot. I mean, they can do it, but sometimes it looks kind of silly. Some horses, like Tennessee walkers, will be trained to have a longer gate, which makes riding them a smoother experience. While other horses may be trained for certain shows, and so “high-step” their feet–pick them up really high–because I guess it looks cool. The POINT is that all horses move differently and it’s ultimately up to the rider to adapt or retrain them. The horse I grew up with was littler than all the others around her, so she does everything very fast in an effort to keep up. Yet, despite this, she’s a very smooth ride–her legs move beneath her and don’t shift as much all the way up her shoulders into her back (unless she’s pissed off). My other horse, Jester, has bowed out front legs, so when he moves, I get more of a side to side shift then a smooth one. Or “C,” another horse of mine, has bad arthritis, so he is SUPER bouncy and jolts the rider front to back more. These aren’t really things you’d include in writing, BUT every horse is different, so if that’s useful, feel free to keep that in mind. 

It also depends on the rider. Make sure your back is straight and your heels are down–them’s the rules. Also, use your thighs to help keep you in place–this also helps with bareback riding. Your posture is EVERYTHING! If you’re riding the horse like you’re a sack of potatoes, you’re going to be way off balance and probably hurt the horse. Your own ability to hold your own body and move WITH the horse is pertinent. So no slumping. If you’re going faster, one may bend forward for a lower center of gravity, but that’s still not slumping. And you may lean back or forward if you’re going down or up a hill, but still no slumping. 

I hate slumpers. If you can’t hold your own body up, then you have no business being in control of that animal. Disabilities are different, but laziness is no excuse.

As far as what a horse actually feels like beneath you? This is… harder to explain. Um… with “mature” people, I usually fall back on the old “sex” comparison. You move your hips with the body of the horse, which means that the bouncier the horse, the more you’re thrusting your hips to stay with them (at least when riding western). Like sex, but smoother. Sorry ‘bout it. Uh, you can also become very sensitive to taking cues from the horse’s body language as well. Like, when my horses are excited or nervous, they get bouncier, and oftentimes faster. When they’re about to go into a run, you can actually feel the way their muscles gather beneath you, and how their legs gather on the ground. It’s… hard to explain. When they’re sweaty, you can feel the heat wafting up from their bodies. When they’re listening, you can tell to what by the direction of their ears. If you talk to them, they’ll listen. Horses don’t like to be patronized, so don’t talk to them like they’re babies or like you might talk to your dog. I talk to my horses all the time (which a lot of people don’t do and should) and I treat them like I would a person. I actually do this with all my animals, even my cats, and the level of respect I get in return is astronomical.  

Horses also need discipline. They’re like three year olds–give them an inch and they’ll keep pulling. You don’t have to be mean, but a firm, no-nonsense attitude will go a long way. Horses need structure and they actually prefer it that way. Horse herds have a hierarchy–this is natural. My family allows our horses to herd up (which a lot aren’t allowed to do these days) which teaches them their own hierarchy, which they then apply to others. My sister and I, while not part of their horse herd directly, are top of the pile. And they know it. They’ve learned respect both from us and from their peers. This is a very important lesson a lot of horses miss out on these days, and, in my opinion, creates stronger bonds between horse and rider. 

But this doesn’t mean that when you hear about some old lady who owns 80 horses in one pasture that she’s doin’ it right. That’s BAD. One person cannot give that many horses the attention they need, which means they don’t learn who your are, which means they don’t respect you, which means they’re out of control. DON’T HOARD HORSES. I don’t even know how people afford that shit…

But anyway, you’d really have to ride a horse to know how it feels, and be around them a lot to understand them *shrugs* It’s not something you can read out of a book. For example, anyone who tells me they use a specific training method is full of shit. There are strategies, but each horse is different and requires a different degree of attention. There is no “training method,” you alter your strategy to the horse. They’re individuals, even if sometimes people don’t allow them to be :(

As far as what they’d need on a trip? Depends on how fast you’re going. A horse that’s in-shape and used to long distances could go all day at a slow pace. I mean, you should still water them, but they can go a long time. If you’re galloping, then I won’t push more than 10 miles at a consistent rate. If you’re flat out running, then even less. But it all depends on the horse. If you’re writing about long-distant travel, then it’s probably safer to just be walking or trotting most of the time, lol. 

They need food and water, obviously. Have them eat when your characters eat. That’s the easiest way to write it. Unless you’re in a desert or some terrible terrain, then the horses may need more intentional breaks. Most readers aren’t going to pay much attention to that anyway. 

How are they controlled? Again, different horses are trained different ways. We covered this a little bit in the beginning, but horses can be trained to do just about anything. When I want my horse to go faster, I click my tongue. When I want her to go faster again, I do it again. If I want us to go straight from a walk into a gallop, I “HA” at her. If I don’t want to make noise–like the time my sister and I ran into a pack of wolves–squeezing my legs or tapping her stomach also signals her to go. And when we’re running, the more I smack the saddle with my reins, the faster and faster she’ll go. With Jester, he’s actually trained to go from a standstill straight into a full out run with the command “HA-sssssss” and he’s also trained to turn via foot pressure. Most horses, if you pull back lightly from the stopped position, will back up (if they’re trained to). To stop them, you generally pull back on the reins. 

There are TONS of stuff you can train your horse to do. My dad’s horse used to know how to dance on command for crying out loud. But I’m not into showing, so I don’t know a ton of the fancy stuff (and don’t care to), so you’d have to look that up on your own. 

Getting onto the horse is easy. You always mount from the horse’s left. You slip your left foot into the stirrup and pull yourself up before swinging your right leg over. If you’re trying to help someone mount, you either tell them to do this, lol, get them a stool, or lace your fingers together so they can use your hand as a stirrup instead (sometimes really short people need help getting on really tall horses, for example). If they’re not wearing a saddle, you can use a stool or I just jump on (always from the left. A horse may get startled if you mount from the right and they haven’t been trained to do so. Unless told otherwise, assume the horse is left-side trained for mounting). 

Ah, I think that answered all your questions? Sorry I can’t always be more precise. Hope it helped anyway :D

And you may hear people disagree with me on some points. I don’t deal with horses in the “typical” sense and I disagree with a lot that happens in the horse world, so some of my opinions may be, uh, unconventional. But I also deal a lot with rescue horses and damaged horses, so my view is going to be very, very different than your run-of-the-mill trainer *shrugs*

Originally posted by horseloversonly

Look at that high-step. My goodness. 

anonymous asked:

I love your sick Grantaire post! I'm wondering if you would do one for Enj as well? (:

Ok so I often see Enjolras with the flu or stomach flu but what about Enjolras with a mean laryngitis? I mean the guy whose voice and speeches have the “tremor of a hymn”, renders to a wheezing feverish mess. 

  • Joly makes him honey, thyme and lemon tea for this throat
  • “Combeferre you’re a bloody doctor can’t you give me something STRONGER?”
  • “Horse tranquilisers are not exactly part of my range no Enjolras”
  • Enjolras going around with a little slate and a chalk to people
  • Enjolras subsequently finding his slate covered in incredibly detailed penises
  • Enjolras have awful and itchy coughing fits that leave him sore and grumpy. So Grantarire kisses his throat to alleviate the pain a bit
  • Bossuet and Courfeyrac keep apologising for making him laugh
  • Jehan makes him balms they’ve been reading about in 18th century medecine books

So proud of Soph’s progress during her first season at Prix St. George! She’s such a smart horse and it’s so much fun to see her get stronger and more confident. ❤️💪🏼😄 #horses #dressage #westphalian #warmblood #equestrian

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anonymous asked:

Hi, can you do a pust about bits? for some one who dont understand a lot of it, but the most complet that you can do (such as the effects on the horse). Thank you a lot.

Hiya! I’m just going to do a little bit on what I think and then refer you to tonnes of info from “” because then it’s easy and rebloggable for anyone else who wants to tag the info later…

So being a dressage rider, I would only ever use the snaffle or a double bridle if i were at a level demanding it. I would never consider any bits not allowed in dressage because if you get dependent on them and then have to go do a test, you’re screwed. I distinctly remember when I was young, I couldn’t get a certain horse on the bit so my old instructor literally put me in a gag on the third/highest leverage ring and I still couldn’t, to show me that it had literally nothing to do with the bit and everything to do with me being shit lolz. So anyway.

The only snaffles I really see a point in using are either a loose ring, a full cheek (or fulmer which combines these two), or an eggbut. I’ve ridden in bauchers and eggbuts and you name it, but to me they don’t make any difference to these ones. I would pretty much only ride in either a double jointed which is an oval link, not a french link, or a single jointed bit. And obviously never wire, chain snaffles or anything like that. I wouldn’t go for plastic because it seems weird, but I’m sure there are benefits. I’m not too sure about the whole straight bar thing, but i’ll add some links on that and we can both learn :P

Not talking about the mouthpieces/bars that sit in the mouth or what’s joining them right now but here we go:

Loose ring snaffle: Generally considered the softest snaffle, for sensitive horses (provided the mouth piece is not made of twisted wire, rope, etc). The rings can move through holes in the mouth piece which can lead to pinching of the corners of the mouth.

In more detail (underlining cons, highlighting pros):

The loose ring snaffle is one of the most common types of snaffle cheeks, and generally considered to be the best style of cheek for disciplines requiring sensitive contact through the reins, such as dressage.  Because the ring-shaped cheek pieces are attached to the bit by running through holes bored into the ends of the mouthpiece, the mouthpiece to move freely in relation to the rings.  This allows the mouthpiece to move more independently with the tongue and jaw movements of the horse, even when the reins are maintaining pressure on the bit.  This is generally considered an advantage in disciplines like dressage in that it encourages a relaxed jaw and mobile tongue, but some horses can find this freedom overly stimulating and get too playful with the bit, especially when there is no rein contact helping to stabilize the bit.  The rings are also able to swivel freely in a lateral direction, allowing for clear transmission of direct rein aids, which is particularly useful with young horses.  Most cheeks used in snaffle bits are able to swivel laterally, but as the name suggests, the loose ring has the least resistance in this respect.

There are two possible downsides to the loose ring snaffle that may be relevant in certain cases.  Firstly, the gap between the rings and the holes in the mouthpiece can pinch horses with sensitive loose-skinned lips.  This can be a particular problem if the bit is sized too small for the width of the mouth, or if the holes in the mouthpiece are poorly bored such that they have sharp edges or are significantly larger than the rings going through them.  Secondly, the rings provide only limited resistance when the bit is pulled laterally through the mouth, and when pulled hard, the bit can go right through the mouth, rings and all.  The larger the rings, the less of a problem this is, which is why special training bits are made with extra large rings.  With more advanced horses who do not need significant help from the bit when turning, smaller rings are generally fine.

Full Cheek: Good for young horses especially, as the pressure from the bars on the side of the mouth helps to turn their heads in the direction, so you combine pulling and pushing to help steer. 


For horses that need help from the bit in turning, the full cheek is the most extreme type of corrective cheek piece that can commonly be found on a snaffle.  With a small ring fixed to the mouthpiece on a swivel joint, and two arms extending above and below the mouthpiece, the main purpose of this bit is to exert lateral pressure on the horse’s mouth.  When one side of the bit is pulled, as in turning, the opposite side presses against a broad section of the lips and cheeks.  This can be particularly useful with horses that are having difficulty learning to respond properly to direct rein pressure, and can sometimes help correct horses who tip their heads trying to evade direct rein pressure.  With horses who may evade direct rein pressure by opening their mouths or otherwise making it possible for the bit to be pulled through the mouth completely, a full-cheek snaffle can prevent this problem.  A full cheek snaffle is also useful when rein aids may be the main way to communicate lateral cues, such as when driving, riding side saddle, or in para-equestrian.

The biggest danger with full cheek snaffles is that posed by the lengthy arms themselves.  These arms can get tangled up with reins, leg wraps, and even with the nostrils and lips of the horse.  A full cheek should always be used with a restraining loop on the bridle, which hooks over one of the arms and helps keep them in a fixed position, thus preventing interference with the nose and lips.  However, just as with curb shanks, care should also be taken to keep the horses’s head free of possible entanglement when wearing this bit, such as by allowing it to rub its face on items.

Fulmer/’FM’ Bit: As you can see from the image, this bit combines the lateral pressure of the full cheek with the gentleness of the loose ring.

TheBitGuide.Com didn’t have any info on the fulmer as a seperate bit so I’m taking this from a tiny little snippet online, cos that’s all I could see:

The Fulmer Cheek is a variation of the full cheek; it uses the same concept as the full cheek except the loose ring makes it a more mobile bit, so may be useful if your horse goes better in a loose ring or leans a bit but you need the full cheek there. [X]

I would assume this would be awesome because it should prevent the only con of the loose ring - its potential pinching. BUT i’m not a phycisist or an expert in leverage so having the snaffle rings go through the little holes in the sides of the hanging bits may totally change its action, so I don’t know. Also the sides seem to be bent in slightly, which I’m guessing is to reduce ability to catch on items - but if an item were to get caught on there, it might be slightly harder to get it off, if the horse is left unsupervised at least.

The eggbutt snaffle: Considered the softest snaffle after the loose ring, as far as I’m aware. Considered an improvement in many ways as it minimises the potential for pinching and any slight imbalance in pressure on one side, whether made from the rider having a stronger hand or the horse pulling, won’t allow it to go through the mouth as much as the loose ring because of the slightly straight sides. But the set rings supposedly can make it easier for the horse to set its jaw against the bit and encourage chewing because they’re so fixed. But then in a horse with over anxious chewing, this is the kind of bit you’d want. 

In more detail:

The eggbutt is a common multi-discipline style of cheek piece for snaffle bits.

The eggbutt snaffle minimizes two problems that can arise with its cousin, the loose ring snaffle, whose rings can pinch the edges of the horse’s mouth, and which doesn’t provide much lateral stabilization.  By flaring out the ends of the mouthpiece and joining the rings with flush swivel joints above and below where the lips contact the edge of the bit, the eggbutt can be a more comfortable alternative for many horses.  The edges of the mouthpiece are less likely to pinch the horse’s lips, and because the cheek is fixed in relation to the mouthpiece, the bit offers moderate lateral control.

When the bit is pulled laterally through the mouth, there is some resistance on the opposite side, which can help encourage the horse to turn with less danger of pulling the bit through the mouth than exists with a loose ring snaffle, though more than with a d-ring or full cheek snaffle.

By having rings fixed to the mouthpiece, the eggbutt does give up some mobility, in that the position of the mouthpiece is more influenced by the movement and position of the cheek pieces than by the movement of the horse’s mouth, unlike the case with a loose ring snaffle.  While this in generally somewhat of a disadvantage in disciplines that require sensitive control with consistent rein contact, such as dressage, the fixed position can be advantageous with horses that tend to play with the bit too much.

The lateral movement of the cheek piece is slightly more restricted than in a loose ring, since the metal can bind where it joins the mouthpiece.  A relatively new innovative style of eggbutt-loose ring hybrid minimizes these problems by having sleeves in the mouthpiece through which the rings can pass, thus protecting the lips while having more range of movement.  In either case, the bit is generally bulkier around the lips, which while more comfortable for some horses, can cause others to draw their lips back. However, in general, the eggbutt is a good, safe choice for an all-purpose bit.

Other types:

The D-Ring: I wouldn’t use this simply because I don’t see the point - I could get what I need from the full cheek to provide the lateral pressure/inability to pull through its mouth, and the eggbutt to remove the problems associated with a loose ring. 

The first type seem more similar to an eggbutt, with thicker cheeks and slightly lower swivelly bits (#scientificterminology)

In more detail:

A dee ring snaffle bit is a compromise between an eggbutt and a full cheek snaffle.  It has vertical shanks that extend above and below the mouthpiece, and these are joined on the top and bottom by a D-shaped ring on swivel joints.  Like the eggbutt, it helps prevent pinching at the corners of the mouth, though generally without as much bulk as an eggbutt, and it provides fairly substantial lateral control through the vertical shanks, though without the dangers posed by the arms on a full cheek snaffle.  

Because of this combination of control and safety, the dee ring snaffle has been popular in horse racing and jumping disciplines for a long time.

As with the eggbutt snaffle, the fixed position of the cheeks and mouthpiece mean that this bit is less mobile in the horse’s mouth, for better or worse.  In disciplines where high sensitivity is required, such as dressage, the fixed position is generally disadvantageous.  However, with horses who need extra control in high energy situations, the tradeoff is undoubtably worthwhile.  Because the shanks are longer and straighter than the sides of an eggbutt, the dee ring exerts more lateral force on the sides of the mouth, and is less able to be pulled through the mouth, thus affording more control in turning, though slightly less than with a full cheek snaffle.

With the dee rings attached at the top and bottom of these shanks, the point of rotation is somewhat further away from the mouthpiece than on an eggbutt horse bit, thus making it arguably less mobile and somewhat harsher through a slight leverage action, depending on the angle of the force applied.

Wing-cheek snaffle: I’d never heard about this until I read about it just now on this website. It actually looks pretty good, removing the pinching, but providing more mobility than the eggbutt.

In more detail:

A relatively recent innovation in snaffle cheeks, the wing bit offers extensive protection at the corners of the horse’s mouth by having winged plates on the ends of the mouthpiece that curve around the side of the mouth.  Essentially acting like a bit guard, these metal plates ensure that the rings of the bit do not rub or pinch against the sides of the horse’s mouth.  This type of wing is typically seen with a loose ring style of arrangement, where the ring slides through sleeves on the outer sides of the wing plates.  In this respect, it is similar to the loose ring eggbutt hybrid.  These type of cheeks allow the bit to have the benefit of the loose ring action, namely the bit is able to move with the tongue and jaw somewhat independently from the rein pressure on the rings, without the possible drawback of pinching at the corners of the mouth.  This bit is particularly useful with horses that have very sensitive lips, loose skin around the mouth, or a tendency to develop sores around the mouth.

Because the ring is running through a sleeve, which due to its length must necessarily curve in the shape of the ring, it is not able to move quite as freely as a true loose ring snaffle.  However, compared to an eggbutt or a dee ring, it certainly allows the bit more freedom while at the same time protecting the mouth.  This type of bit has also been seen with a loose ring gag option.

Half Cheek: I don’t know why you’d bother with this, it could still slip through the mouth through the top. If you’re worried about getting caught on stuff, keep an eye on your horse or attach the leather keepers to the top of a full cheek…

In more detail:

Also called the “half spoon” snaffle, this type of bit is a relative of the full cheek snaffle, because it has an arm extending down the side of the cheek from the mouth.  Unlike the full cheek, it only has this lower arm and it is shaped in a somewhat flatter, spoon-like shape.  The principle is the same, however, and that is to provide increased lateral action when direct reining is used for turning, and to prevent the bit from being pulled through the mouth of the horse.  This bit is typically seen with an eggbutt style of connection at the mouthpiece, making it also a good choice for preventing pinching at the corners of the mouth.

With only the lower spoon, the bit is somewhat safer than the full cheek, in that there is less likelihood of it getting caught up in anything, and it does not require a restraining loop on the bridle.  Because of this, the bit is a popular choice in driving and somewhat in racing.  As with any arms, however, there is still danger of the spoon being caught up in other tack, wire mesh, and the like, so it is important to keep the head of the horse free from possible entanglement.

Baucher: does not place additional pressure on the poll - that’s a common misconception, unless you had your cheek pieces done up ridiculously tight and pulled the bit back as far as possible. Therefore I can’t use the info from TheBitGuide because I know it’s wrong, as it believes it exerts poll pressure. Instead I’m pasting in info from @unusualtack​. Since I know that it can be pulled through the mouth, because a horse I used to lease, Ice, wore one and still pulled it through, I wouldn’t bother with it. 

In more detail:

Action: The baucher has an eggbutt-like ring at the mouthpiece for the rein, with an upper cheek that has a ring at its end, to which the cheekpieces of the bridle are attached. The mouthpiece of a true Baucher does not slide on its ring, though there are Baucher-like designs that do. This bit lies flat against the horse’s face, is fixed in the mouth and concentrates pressure on the bars. Contrary to common belief, the bit does not exert poll pressure unless it is put onto the bridle upside-down.

Advantages: will not be pulled through the mouth..

Uses: Not a common design, most often seen in eventing, during the dressage or show jumping phase. Also sometimes used by dressage riders. May be used in preparation for the curb bit. Is never seen in western riding, where it is illegal for show.

NOTE: the Baucher can be misused in an upside-down position, with the cheek containing the smaller ring hanging below the bit, as if the reins were supposed to attach at that point. Such positioning makes the cheek into a short bit shank, but without a curb chain, there is no poll pressure, merely a rotation of the mouthpiece onto the bars. This fitting is illegal in competition. [X]

Tom Thumb: I used this at first on Chanel, but found the side bits that the straight bars go through were massive and didn’t give as nice straight and even lateral pressure on the side of the face as the FM or full cheek did. TheBitGuide didn’t have any info on them besides a curb named that which I have a picture of down the bottom.

Mouth pieces:

Double Jointed snaffles:

The Oval Link: The only double jointed snaffle I would use as the Dr. Bristol and French Link scrape flatly across the tongue. The oval part will slide more, but has less risk of pinching than a Roller joint itself. This picture is of an eggbut with an oval link:

In more detail:

The oval mouth double jointed snaffle is basically a variant of the French link, with a rounded lozenge instead of a flat spatula joining the two halves of the bit. The benefits are largely the same, with reduced nutcracker effect, more even pressure over the bars, and independent control over the two sides of the mouth. Some horses prefer the rounded lozenge as it perhaps encourages them to mouth the bit and obviates any thin edges that could be uncomfortable.

The lozenges are typically designed so that the eye hole of the jointed arms is open when looking at the bit straight on. This is different from the French link, in which the eyes on the spatula are in that position and the eyes of the arms are at a 90 degree angle. The former type of jointing would seem to be preferable, in that it would be less bulging against the tongue, but in practice, it probably comes down to individual preference.

Roller: Can potentially catch on the tongue, but could encourage salivation among horses set in their jaw. Here shown on a Baucher:

In more detail:

Rollers are a popular addition to many styles of mouthpieces today.  Sometimes as little as a rotating disk set inside the center oval of a double jointed snaffle, or as much as a series of rollers along the joints or arms of the mouthpiece, the general idea of rollers is to encourage the horse to play with the bit.  By moving their tongue under the bit, horses can become more relaxed in the tongue and jaw, leading to better acceptance of the bit.  Whether or not rollers actually encourage such movement is, of course, debatable.  However, some horses may be stimulated by the rolling action, so it may be worth trying with horses that tend to set their tongues and don’t salivate much.

Some designs can be problematic in that the roller action may lead to pinching; this can be tested by placing the bit over bare skin and applying pressure to the rings to simulate the action in the horse’s mouth.  If you experience discomfort, it is likely that your horse will too.  It is also important to check on current rules specific to rollers in your discipline, should you wish to compete using such a bit.  Many types of rollers are prohibited in USEF competitions at this time.

French Link: Nice, but I would just use an oval link.

In more detail: 

One of the more common varieties of double jointed snaffles is the French link snaffle. The two joints help to reduce the nutcracker effect of the jointed snaffle, while still allowing the rider independent control over the two sides of the mouth. It also transfers rein pressure more evenly over the bars.The French link refers to a flat spatula between the two joints, which is designed to lay flat over the tongue. This is easy for the untrained eye to confuse with the Dr. Bristol, which has the spatula angled such that the thin edge can push harshly into the horse’s tongue. Some horses prefer the rounder version of the French link, often called an oval mouth or lozenge, although the French link can be preferable for horses with less palate clearance.

Dr Bristol:  Would not use/10.

In more detail:

Perhaps the wolf in sheep’s clothing of snaffle bits, this bit looks much like a mild French link snaffle to the untrained eye. However, the center spatula is angled such that the thin edge can push harshly into the horse’s tongue, thus giving this bit a more severe action than might be supposed.

Single Jointed: Has some ‘nutcracker action’. If you pull the reins backward, the mouth piece caves in the middle and sends the joint forward into the mouth and back again on release. Stronger than a double joint.

In more detail:

The single jointed snaffle is probably one of the most commonly used snaffle bits. The jointed action allows the rider to put pressure on one side of the mouth more than the other, and hence have better control over the lateral flexion of the horse.

However, with the single jointed snaffle, there is a certain amount of nutcracker action that can occur with greater pressure on the reins. This pinches the tongue, and on a horse with a low palate (or a high tongue) can also put pressure on the roof of the mouth, causing discomfort and possibly leading to resistance by opening the mouth. This action is accentuated by thinner bits, and can be alleviated somewhat by a shaped mouthpiece or a double jointed snaffle.

No joints:

Straight bar/Mullen mouth: Don’t really have an opinion on this!

In more detail:

This is the only common snaffle bit that does not have any joint at all. With its slight curve, it is often considered to be a mild bit because it puts more pressure across the tongue instead of the more sensitive bars. However, for that reason it is not typically a bit that will aid in the lateral flexion of a horse’s head. Hence it is not often used in dressage, but more often as a pleasure riding bit on sensitive mouthed horses.

Because it lacks a joint, there is no possible nutcracker or pinching effect in the mouth, which also makes it milder and can be advantageous for horses with sensitive palates. These bits are frequently made from flexible materials, like rubber and plastic, which in combination with a curved shape, allows the pressure on the bit to be distributed more evenly in the mouth. There are also now differently shaped mouthpieces available, which perhaps make these bits more interesting or ergonomic for some horses.

Port mouth: Can be seen on a curb most commonly, I wouldn’t use one because it just seems to nasty on the roof of the mouth. But idk.

In more detail:

With no joint, the ported snaffle bears some similarity to the mullen mouth. However, the port acts to reduce pressure over the middle of the tongue and hence increase pressure over the bars. This bit is not as mild as a mullen mouth, and is often used as a corrective bit for horses that have learned to get their tongue over a snaffle, since the port makes this more difficult.

Now i’m tired so I’m not going to explain all of the different types of ports in curbs or straight mouths in curbs or all of the gag bits, but this website will help you out. I’ve put in pictures and names so you can explore the website or google from looking for more info on these:

Mullen Mouth Curb:

Angled Port:

Branbury Curb:

Slide Cheek curb (the above pics are of Fixed Cheeks):

“S Cheek” curb bit:

Tom Thumb curb:

Other bits:

American Gag:

‘Two link bit’ apparently comes up with this:

And also this:

Three ring gag:


Pelham (one set of reins attaches to the top ring, and another set to the bottom ring):


Other types of gag bits:

Reminder that all the info which is indented comes from TheBitGuide.Com [X] unless otherwise stated!

anonymous asked:

Dumbass. Don't be a fruit is dumb. We have bones that are strong, obviously stronger than a horse that happens to step on us. Fruit don't have bones. Done. *whooshes away in a cloud of "I'm right" dust*