Colt Starting: Smooth Snaffle

Bud Lyon explains how to transition young horses from a side pull or hackamore to a smooth snaffle bit.

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After working in a side pull or hackamore, Bud introduces his young horses to a smooth snaffle. It’s a good idea to let your horse stand a few times with the bit in his mouth so he is familiar with the new piece of equipment. For the first few rides, a side pull can be used in conjunction with the snaffle. Bud also recommends keeping the snaffle a little tighter than you ordinarily would. This prevents your young horse from playing with the bit too much.

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