Reinsman Van Hargis Transition Series #6

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1/2″ Sweet Iron High Port
Van Hargis Transition Series #6
8″ Solid Cheek 5″ Mouth
Stage D

The Van Hargis Transition Series is incredibly effective and is simplicity at its finest.  From the Van Hargis Offset D-Ring Snaffle to the Van Hargis Solid Cheek Curb bit, the key is keeping as many things as familiar as possible to the horse while gradually progressing to ultimate performance; step by step and bit by bit.

This is the same bit as the VH Transition Bit #5 except with solid cheeks. This shank does not swivel and is for the more advanced horse. It may take many months, but in most cases years to get a horse to the stage I ride a horse in a full bridle. By the time I get a horse to this point, he is so soft and responsive to any bit I use. He is stable in the shoulders and has achieved lightness and a balance that affords him the ability to perform any performance task while being strong and straight. Sweet iron naturally rusts into a light patina. The rust creates a sweet taste for the horse and makes the bit more acceptable and increases salivation for a supple mouth.

Are We Talking or Whispering? Stage D is about refinement, subtle cues and quick communication. Characteristics include increased leverage, more sophisticated mouthpieces, and may also incorporate higher ports.

Van Hargis is a horseman with a message. He is one of today’s most versatile horsemen, a designation that reflects a lifetime devoted to learning-and communicating-the elements of superior horsemanship as applied in a variety of disciplines.