Phil Rapp stopped in my shop yesterday to tell me that he had used one of my bits to pilot Dont Stopp Believin to the 2015 NCHA Super Stakes Open Co-Championship. Phil said, “Dont Stopp Believin is so light in the face. I was riding him in a short shanked bit with a low port in the go-rounds at this year’s Super Stakes, but he needed something even milder.
Dennis Moreland Tack breast collars http://www.dmtack.com/pcategory/bridles-breastcollars/breast-collars/ are all handmade of doubled and stitched Herman Oak old world heavy harness leather lined with burgundy latigo leather. Herman Oak old world harness leather is tanned using all natural methods. This produces soft pliable leather that is not spongy or boardy, but has the body and density to hold up to years of hard use. No chemicals are used in the tanning process.
All Dennis Moreland Tack martingales are made with a neck strap and a safety hobble strap to keep the neck strap in proper position on the neck. The safety hobble strap runs through the gullet of the saddle and over the horn to prevent the neck strap from sliding forward on the neck, potentially to the ears.
Last week on the Dennis Moreland Tack Tip, we discussed two parts of the leverage bit: the shanks and the purchases. This week we’ll discuss some of the events that cause a leverage bit to function.
"After the colts get to coming around with the snaffle bit, they can be double reined into the hackamore. Double reining is to put both the hackamore and snaffle on at the same time. Both the reins are used at the same time and gradually the hackamore reins are used more than the snaffle bit reins, until the colt gets used to turning on the hackamore reins entirely.*"