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"How to Communicate With Your Horse
Through Bits and Bridles"

With Lynn Palm

Lynn Palm:

  • 34 Reserve and World Championships

  • 4 "Superhorse" Championships

  • Over 50 special bridleless exhibitions with the legendary Rugged Lark, including the 1989 World Cup and 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games

With Al Dunning

Al Dunning:

  • Al and his students have won 32 World and Reserve World titles.

  • AQHA World Championships in Reining, Cutting, Working Cow Horse and Western Riding.

  • National Reined Cow Horse Association Open Bridle Champion.


Watch This Video Now About the Interview with Lynn and Al



The Interview with Barb

Track 1: Meet Lynn and Al

Track 2: Snaffle Mouth Pieces

  • Categories of bits

  • Relaxed mouth

  • How a snaffle works

Listen to Al discuss snaffle mouth pieces:

Track 3: Next Steps in Snaffles

  • Five mouthpieces of a "starter kit"

  • Snaffle severity progression

  • English snaffle bits

Listen to Lynn discuss a progression of steps:

Track 4: Stepping-up from Snaffles to Curb Bits

  • Bit progression from snaffles to curb bits

  • Leather and chain curbs

Track 5: How a Curb Bit Works

  • Six steps of bit signals rein to curb

Listen to Al discuss how a bit works:

Track 6: A Discussion of "Feel"

  • How to think about choosing a bit

Listen to Lynn talk about "feel":

Track 7: How to Adjust the Parts of a Bridle

  • Wrinkle rule

  • Adjust to lighten a horse

  • Help a fussy horse in the mouth

  • Curb adjustment rules

Track 8: Reined Cowhorse Facts

  • Curb straps and slobber chains

  • Hackamores and curb bits

  • Vaquero stages of training

Track 9: Common Mistakes with Bridles and Solutions

  • School to show bit

  • Too excited before a show

Listen to Al discuss common bit mistakes:

Track 10: Definition and Feel of a Bridle

  • Matching bits and reins

  • Differences between bridles

  • Slow hands

Track 11: Reins, Curbs and "Feel"

  • Rein weight and width

  • The purchase and shank parts of a bit

  • Curb too loose/curb too tight

Track 12: How to Judge a Bit

  • Composition

  • Horse's response

  • Rules of Thumb for using your hands

Listen to Lynn discuss how to judge a bit:

Track 13: Lynn Talks About Her Climb to be a Professional

  • Despite limited financial resources as she grew up

Track 14: Al Talks About Recovering from an Accident

  • And recovering his self-confidence

CD #2 The Q&A from the Audience

Questions about snaffle and curb bits:

  • Dogbone snaffles

  • When to change from a snaffle to a leverage bit?

  • When to change snaffles on colts?

  • Horse chews on snaffle?

  • Shank ... ring ... D-ring ... egg butt snaffles?

Questions about curb straps, chains, and reins:

  • Slobber straps and bit chains

  • Braided nylon curb straps?

  • Weighted reins?

Questions about various topics:

  • Bit to use for an old bar injury?

  • How to know if a bit pinches?

  • Warm-up in a different bit than a show bit?

  • Horse flings tongue out of mouth?

  • Is a bit too severe?

Questions about barrel horses:

  • Chewing on bit while trail riding?

  • Gag bits?

Here are the Two Great Things You Will Get With
"How to Communicate With Your Horse Through Bits and Bridles"

You will receive an Audio of the Interview and the Q&A

Your will receive an email which contain instructions for you to access the interview and the Q&A via a password protected webpage on our site. You may listen at any time from this webpage, or download the following:

  • Individual tracks ... question-by-question, topic-by-topic

  • The entire interview

  • (We have this design for each digital product we produce, so it's easy for you to download an individual favorite segment, and listen to it on the media player of your choice.)

You will receive a PDF transcript of the interview which will be emailed to you

You will receive:

State-of-the-art information in one of two audio formats

State-of-the-art information in a PDF text format



Digital Audio Version

Two hours plus of downloadable content

Two ways to listen ... webpage or download for the interview

PDF text transcript


Price: $27.95


My Guarantee

As with all of our products, there is a 100% Guarantee. If you are unhappy with your purchase, just let me know within 30 days, and I will refund your money no questions asked.

If you gain only one truly useful idea, your investment more than pays for itself.


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