Where Do You Get Your Bits?

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  • Kimberwick with lozenge

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    01-11-2013, 01:12 PM
Where Do You Get Your Bits?

I've owned a Percheron before, and I had a tom thumb bit for him. I liked it on him because it gave me the extra umph I sometimes needed. I've always preferred a bit that can have a little bit of bite if needed. (I'm a firm believer that the gentleness of a bit is found in a rider's hands, not the metal). The only thing I didn't like is that when a tom thumb begins to wear out it starts pinching the corners of the mouth.

So I sold my Perch years ago, and sold all the tack, but now I'm looking at buying another one... he's at the barn I currently board my TB at and if I must be honest I've already bought a halter for him. I work with this Perch on a daily bases, and I love his whole disposition. He's a bit older (around the 15 year mark) and I could probably get away with a loose ring bit, but I really don't like them. I'd rather something with a bit of a shank.

Does anybody know where I can find something similar to this in 6'

Does anybody know if there's a bit similar to this that would do the same thing without the danger of pinching?

And just because he's so **** pretty:
This is Ben, the big boy I'm HOPING to get.

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    01-11-2013, 01:25 PM
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Not sure if they have that exact bit, they have 100's of bits and many people like this company Bits

    01-12-2013, 09:04 AM
    01-12-2013, 09:14 AM
Chicks and Dover carry lots of different types of bits you can sort through.
    01-12-2013, 10:50 AM
It will depend on what size you are looking for. My percheron wears a 7" mouthpiece. I personally love Myler bits. I currently was riding my percheron in a d-ring copper roller single jointed snaffle....only because when I adopted her, it was the only bit I could find in that size that was decent and wasn't a driving bit.

I have been on the search for a new one. I wanted a double jointed type snaffle. I have found a Kimberwick that I just got yesterday. It has the half moon losenge in the middle, which I really liked before on a snaffle. Although it is not a snaffle, I think she will react nicely since she was driven in the past and is used to the other pressure this bit will create. So, I will be trying it out today to see how she reacts. I will ground drive her in it and then ride her in the arena.

So, if your horse needs a 7" bit, you will probably need to special order it. Every so often a bit will pop up that size on the internet etc. No riding bits in catalogues are that size. Bits on draft sites usually are geared towards driving. I am also very picky with not using cheap metals. If this Kimberwick does not work for my perch, I will special order from Myler.
    01-12-2013, 11:59 AM
Green Broke
This place can custom make you what you want:

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I haven't ordered directly from them myself, but a local tack shop carries some of their bits and I really like their quality.
    01-13-2013, 05:27 PM

    01-13-2013, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
^^^ I just got this one at drafttack.com

    01-13-2013, 09:09 PM
Originally Posted by nvr2many    
^^^ I just got this one at drafttack.com

What size mouthpiece is it? I actually am trying to find one to replace my bit similar to this one....I have the same mouthpiece in a D-ring snaffle 7" for my percheron. I have been looking for something double jointed. I found a Kimberwick with a half moon copper lozenge....but found that her head stall leather is too wide for the hole on the bit...:( Now I have to find a headstall with narrower leather in her size....I much rather have the 1" leather though since she is so strong.
    01-13-2013, 09:15 PM
Green Broke
^^^ OHL, its a 6.5" but they make up to 7" on it.

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