Expensive vs Cheaper Dressage Legal Bits

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    01-03-2011, 01:24 AM
Expensive vs Cheaper Dressage Legal Bits

I currently ride in an eggbutt french link snaffle made of German silver. My horse seems to like it, no arguments! The bit probably cost around 30 US dollars, no more than 40. I do lower level dressage.

I borrowed a friend's Herm Sprenger D ring snaffle with a smooth roller in the center, and my horse who has never produced foam that I have seen, was dripping a little foam as we worked today. I will say his mouth was a little too busy with the roller (I assume) but FOAM??? This but cost my friend about $150 US dollars.

So now, naturally, I am questioning whether or not I will invest in a more expensive bit! Quite a big expense when I have something that works okay.

SO, what are everyone else's thoughts on purchasing the more expensive bits? Do they have the technology that the cheaper bits don't have? What about metal quality? I do know about "renting" bits but would like to hear other thoughts before I commit on a rental...cause quite frankly, I will probably be renting to own regardless!
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    01-03-2011, 09:31 AM
You ride in Albacon, right? It's a nice bit, and I used it for while. Then got Mikmar (for my qh) and KK for my paint (unfortunately they go with different size bits, so I can't use the same bridle on both). They definitely liked those more than Albacon.

BTW, you may look into Mikmar - they are $80 (comparable to $150) still very nice bits. I use this one: Mikmar Bit Company, but they have loose rings too: Mikmar Bit Company
    01-04-2011, 07:09 AM
My belief is that because the bit is the only piece of equipment that actually goes inside the horse, it should be of very good quality. I refuse to put a cheap bit in my horse's mouth.
Sprenger bits are brilliant :)
    01-04-2011, 07:59 AM
I would look for a similar shaped bit that was cheaper. My mare produces the drippy foam with her Stainless Steel cost me $15 bit used at a tack shop. Was the bit the only thing that was different when you rode with the HS bit? A horse produces foam when they are relaxed from the poll and accepting the contact, so there are a lot of other things that can produce this result other then the bit. For example once I changed my mare's browband that was a little too snug, it made a difference and she really started to reach for the bit in our stretchy circles.
    01-04-2011, 02:27 PM
Originally Posted by Kayty    
My belief is that because the bit is the only piece of equipment that actually goes inside the horse, it should be of very good quality. I refuse to put a cheap bit in my horse's mouth.
Sprenger bits are brilliant :)

I agree but there are good bits similar to the brand name ones that produce the same result.

They say you get what you pay for and for the most part that is true but many manufacturers seem to take this feeling to the point of gouging.

If you can find a bit similar of good quality then go for it.
    01-04-2011, 11:30 PM
You're right Spyder that you CAN find good quality cheaper bits, but it's just a little idiosyncrasy of mine that I refuse to put a cheap bit in my horse's mouth ;)
    01-05-2011, 12:02 AM
Lucky me! Just found out that my trainer has several different Herm Sprenger bits....I may be trying others out too! More decisions!

On a side note, I rode my horse with the HS roller bit a couple of more days and he continued to do well in it, although a little mouthier than in his normal bit.

I have my eye on this one...
Dover Saddlery | Herm Sprenger Dynamic RS D-Ring Snaffle Bit .

I absolutely agree with "putting the best metal in his mouth" and if I go the cheaper route, I may end up spending just as much to find a cheaper, quality bit that is similar to the more expensive ones I am eyeing.
    01-05-2011, 09:20 AM
You can also look into Subben Dover Saddlery | Stübben STEELtec Loose Ring Snaffle Bit . and Dover Saddlery | Herm Sprenger KK Ultra Loose Ring Snaffle Bit. (that's what I use on my paint).

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