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post #1 of 12 Old 11-08-2012, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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What size of bit do you use on your draft?

I know this is a fairly broad question, but I just want a basic idea. Romeo is getting very close to the stage where I can put a bridle on him(), but my two mares are small, Pretzl takes a 4.5". pickles a 4.75". Needless to say, a 1600-1800# clydesdale will need a bigger bit. I was thinking 5.5", but I would love some info from those who ride their drafts. Thanks.
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I used to ride one of my friends horses when I was 13, my friend told me all the great capabilities they do and I think that she said that she used 5.5" and 6" sized of bit.
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post #3 of 12 Old 11-08-2012, 11:58 PM
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Most start at 6" but measure him just like you do the little horses. Unfortunately at 6" and larger, the bit selection is dismal unless you go the custom route.
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post #4 of 12 Old 11-09-2012, 12:10 AM
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Why would you try to guess instead of measuring him?
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post #5 of 12 Old 11-09-2012, 12:10 PM
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I know this is a fairly broad question, but I just want a basic idea. Romeo is getting very close to the stage where I can put a bridle on him(), but my two mares are small, Pretzl takes a 4.5". pickles a 4.75". Needless to say, a 1600-1800# clydesdale will need a bigger bit. I was thinking 5.5", but I would love some info from those who ride their drafts. Thanks.
I use a 6" french D snaffle on my Cldesdale
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post #6 of 12 Old 11-09-2012, 02:34 PM
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Sam is currently in a 5.5" but I think we're going to be moving to either 5.75" or a 6" soon, as he is growing quickly. He's 2 years old... We also use a straight rubber loose ring... I recommend trying Romeo with a loose ring before trying anything else, where he trusts you and is receptive to you, if you start him fresh with something gentle and mild, you should be ok.
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6" Myler comfort snaffle. Was a little big last year but fits perfect now.
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post #8 of 12 Old 11-10-2012, 05:30 PM
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Ahab, my Percheron takes a 6.5" No matter how much I don't believe it, that's what he takes. He came with a piece of crap Tom Thumb that went into the dustbin"; a Liverpool for driving that was fitted by a driving instructor; a single joint snaffle driving bit, and the one I use to ride, a loose ring double jointed snaffle that came from Dover tack. Dover had a few bits that big. Myler will custom make a bit at 6.5" for about $130.00, but I haven't gone that route yet.
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post #9 of 12 Old 11-10-2012, 05:43 PM
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All of mine wore a 6" except my monster Sam, his was 6.5".



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Ahab, my Percheron takes a 6.5" No matter how much I don't believe it, that's what he takes. He came with a piece of crap Tom Thumb that went into the dustbin"; a Liverpool for driving that was fitted by a driving instructor; a single joint snaffle driving bit, and the one I use to ride, a loose ring double jointed snaffle that came from Dover tack. Dover had a few bits that big. Myler will custom make a bit at 6.5" for about $130.00, but I haven't gone that route yet.
I absolutely believe you! LOL
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