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  • What size snaffle bit for a percheron

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    05-07-2012, 03:18 PM
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Foal
Percheron/Draft owners - Just curious of average bit size?

Just curious the average size/length bit your using. And what type for that matter, but of course the latter has more variables depending on the horse/application.


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    05-07-2012, 03:21 PM
  #2
Showing
I'm having a ton of trouble finding a good curb for my Percheron that will fit, but I had her in a 5.5" Myler snaffle and moved her to a 5.75" Argentine snaffle.
     
    05-07-2012, 03:21 PM
  #3
Yearling
I don't have a full draft, my horse is a Percheron cross, but she is nearly as big as one, standing at 17 HH. I use a 5 inch simple snaffle for her, and it works wonderfully.
     
    05-07-2012, 03:28 PM
  #4
Showing
I only have snaffles for all my draft horses; a full cheek for the ridden horses and loose ring snaffles for the driven horses.

All of them are 6" width and fit well.

When it comes time for my draft cross saddle horse to wear a curb, I'll have to have one custom made as they simply don't make quality draft curb bits in a style that I like.
     
    05-07-2012, 03:30 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
I only have snaffles for all my draft horses; a full cheek for the ridden horses and loose ring snaffles for the driven horses.

All of them are 6" width and fit well.

When it comes time for my draft cross saddle horse to wear a curb, I'll have to have one custom made as they simply don't make quality draft curb bits in a style that I like.
Always used a full cheek for the riders? Any others here use the full cheeks?
     
    05-07-2012, 04:24 PM
  #6
Weanling
My Percheron has four bits, fitted by four different people; a western curb he came with, that has frighteningly long shanks; a fancy driving bit fitted by a draft horse trainer (I think it is a Liverpool); a plain eggbutt snaffle he got plowing, and a loose ring double jointed snaffle that I measured him for..

All of them are 6 1/2".
     
    05-07-2012, 04:59 PM
  #7
Weanling
Both our draftXs measure a 5" bit. The PerchX rides in a regular snaffle with medium shank (trail horse). The FjordX rides in a kimberwick, trail and arena, as he's a little hard-mouthed. My coach keeps telling me I'm too soft but we get where we aim for.
     
    05-07-2012, 05:48 PM
  #8
Foal
We generally use just a regular loose ring snaffle on all our drafts, most are either 6" or 6 1/2"... For my 2 year old gelding I have a 5 1/2" Dring snaffle, and I also have a 6" for him to grow into.
     
    05-07-2012, 05:53 PM
  #9
Green Broke
My draft bits are 6".
Half drafts 5 1/2"
     
    05-07-2012, 10:53 PM
  #10
Showing
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Originally Posted by Fingerlakes    
Always used a full cheek for the riders? Any others here use the full cheeks?
The reason that I have a full cheek for my ridden drafts is because when I started riding my percheron stud (now a gelding), I needed a new bit to avoid stealing any of the bits off the driving bridles. A full cheek was all I was able to find at my local tack store in the size that I need.

Personally, for riding, I prefer the feel of a loose ring and will likely be getting one in the future just to have...even though I really don't plan on riding too many more draft type horses.
     

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