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        01-23-2010, 07:28 PM
    The way it is positioned in the horses mouth, the edge of the plate puts direct pressure onto the horses tongue. Where the French Link lays flat on the horses tongue.

    In my opinion, a Dr Bristol is a harsher bit.

    When this bit is in use, horses can learn to tuck their heads in to avoid the pressure of the bit, so in sense, the hores learns to evade the pressure from the pressure on the tongue that this particular mouth piece gives.

    I remember seeing a horse at a HT with blood coming from his mouth. When the vet did an asessment, it was in result to the Dr Bristol mouth piece in the poor creatures mouth, from how harsh his riders hands were out on the CC course.

    I dislike this mouthpiece very, very much.
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        01-24-2010, 08:13 AM
    I think I'm confused about the names of bits - I thought the bit with the flat plate in the middle was the French Link, and the bit with just the extra joint was a Dr. Bristol?

    I've never used the flat plate in the middle, but have a variety of what I call Dr. Bristols, two with copper rollers in the middle section which are my very favorite bits. Obviously not legal for dressage as a bi-metal bit, but still one of my very favorites.

    I wasn't aware that the flat plate in the middle one could be abused in that fashion, but that's good to know.

    Huh - I just Googled both names, and got both types back on the search. So apparently those names aren't universally applied.

    Sorry for the digression, I was concerned that someone thought my favorite bits were horrible.
        01-24-2010, 07:58 PM
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    Originally Posted by MIEventer    

    I remember seeing a horse at a HT with blood coming from his mouth. When the vet did an asessment, it was in result to the Dr Bristol mouth piece in the poor creatures mouth, from how harsh his riders hands were out on the CC course.
    any bit could have done that if it was from the harshness of riders hands.....
        01-24-2010, 08:14 PM
    I dunno, Vanilla.

    I can't imagine making a horse's mouth bleed with a loose ring snaffle or a rubber dee.

    The only bit I've ever seen make a horse's mouth bleed is the dreaded double twisted rider.
        01-25-2010, 08:12 PM
    I dislike Dr Bristol bits very much. They belong in the twisted wire category or any bit that belongs in the "harsh" category.

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