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post #21 of 29 Old 01-20-2012, 12:51 AM
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Originally Posted by draftgrl View Post
Sierrams1123: Why do you use the twisted wire instead of the straight?

Its the one I prefer and the only one I have ever used. My mare responds well with it so I will continue to use the twisted. Although the 2nd bit is a form of a gag bit, I feel it is more similar to the twisted snaffle I use.

The twist causes edges that result as pressure points in the horse's mouth. Meaning its a bit "more bit" then a straight would be.

Although most of the time I do not need much in my mares mouth I still need something to help me apply the correct pressures that I need during a run.
My mare is very well trained so I am not covering up training flaws.
I just prefer the twisted, that is really what it comes down to.
I have ridden her in a straight before and just did not like the way she worked off it.

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post #22 of 29 Old 01-20-2012, 01:44 PM
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Now that I look at my Jr Cowhorse..It's a twisted mouth piece too.

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Huh, ok :) I've seen many twisted ones, knew they have a bit more "bite" to them. Was just curious as to your reasoning for the use of it.

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post #24 of 29 Old 01-20-2012, 02:10 PM
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Lark, my new mare is like a freight train in the arena...Once you point her in there is no stopping until you're out. The guy before me ran her in a bicycle chain mouth piece (That I refuse to put back in her mouth) and by no means is she a light mouthed horse..She is also the strongest horse I've ever ridden so it's somewhat of a challenge for my 100lb self to man her around the barrels like the guy did...So a lot of our current work is just getting her soft in the poll and mouth...Anything less than the Jr Cowhorse she just pulls me around like a little kid.

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Wow, yeah, don't blame ya on that one. I've been lucky with the horses i've had. Granted all but 2 I pretty well did all the training, but they've all been easy to handle, harshest bit I ever used was the dreaded tom thumb. When I did use it, didn't know any better. ( Will never put one of those in a horses mouth ever again I should add)

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post #26 of 29 Old 02-29-2012, 03:03 PM
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I am trying a new bit on JJ to try and get a bit more rate from him on the 1st but he is really light and doesn't need a lot of bit in general.

This is the bit I am trying on him right now

Short Shank Brittany Pozzi 3 piece smooth lifter

He usually runs in the SS Sherry Cervi Twisted Mouth

And if he is running strong he goes a SS Sharon camarillo Correction
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Scrat runs in a Smooth Jr. Cowhorse

And Polly switches between a Easy Five or a Tender Touch Plus

When I am just riding and not working them I usually just ride in a snaffle (mouth depends on the horse). But if I am working them on the pattern or drills I will throw the Easy Five or Tender touch on them.

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^^ I really like the iron wrapped o ring mouthpieces. I didn't ever use one until I started riding Bailey, but now I tried them on both my prospects and they LOVED them.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #28 of 29 Old 02-29-2012, 09:51 PM
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Cherokee runs in a Dee Ring Snaffle or just a halter. Benz runs in a slow twist, or if he's being a little turd he runs in a 5 inch curb with a shank.
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post #29 of 29 Old 03-25-2012, 12:35 AM
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Diamond - Slow twist single joint snaffle. She actually seems to like it more than a smooth - a nice foamy mouth, a little chewing but not much. She would just chew and chew and chew the smooth.

Oats - smooth single joint 2 or 3 inch leverage. Been in that his whole life.

Cowboy - Smooth single joint hunter dee. Does nicely in it :)

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