Colt Starting: Riding in a Snaffle

Bud Lyon shows you how he likes to ride a young horse in a snaffle bit for the first time.

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Riding your young horse in a snaffle allows him to get more comfortable doing basic maneuvers, like guiding and following his nose, and prepares him for a higher level of training in the future. Bud demonstrates how he asks his young horse to give to pressure by alternating pulling his left and right reins, but it’s important to remember to use a low hand and no more pressure than is necessary. He also goes over when and why he might choose to mount and dismount a horse on the right side instead of the left.

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