Preview: Ronnie Rice: Choosing the Right Bit
Ronnie claims that he owes his success to not necessarily having the best horses but having the best broke horses. Yes, it takes time in the saddle to get them broke, but he also has a great understanding of bits and he explains why he uses particular bits and how they help a horse mature. In these videos you will learn:
* What he progresses to after the snaffle
* Why setting the chin strap length correctly is vital to a horse’s response
* Difference between a chain and leather chin strap
* Why shank length and angles differ on bits
* Explains the difference between the Argentine, Milt Bennett and Buster Welch bits
* How a high port in a show bit affects the horse
* Why it’s important to the judges that your horse is really broke
* Why he uses martingales and not tie downs
Ronnie explains why and how he uses the Argentine Bit as the first bit after a Snaffle. He explains why he takes the chin strap off in the beggining and when to progress to a bigger bit. Ronnie also talks about shank angles between bits.
The Buster Welch bit is very popular in our industry and Ronnie discusses when he progresses his horses to this bit. He also talks about the importance of timing and the better your timing when working cattle the more effective your bits will be. Ronnie explains ports in bits and how they work in a horse's mouth.
Watch part 3 to see Ronnie work a horse in all of the bits and demonstrates the different feel they present to the horse.
Ronnie demonstrates, on a horse, how these bits create more feel and how the change in leverage from the shank allows for a quicker response.