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post #11 of 12 Old 12-14-2010, 08:46 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
One of the first bits posted on this thread was one that I have used a lot; The French Link Albacon. I love my KK Ultra more, but it's twice the price. The Albacon are German Silver (no actualy silver in it) and horses seem to like them. Also, the Albacons come in various thickness and I appreciate the thinner bit. The Mikmar eggbut is also a nice bit, but thicker and more expensive.

If you want a sweet iron french link, look on some sites that have a more Western riding focus. They do a lot of sweet iron bits.

Eggbutts are ok for dressage, right? Is that a dumb question?
Funny enough we are on same page, tinyliny! I also started with Albacon bit on my horses and switched to Mikmar eggbutt on my qh (the only one she's OK about and the cheapest one of her size) and KK Ultra loose rings on my paint. I do agree Albacon are very nice bits for the price, but I should add both my horses prefer their current bits to Albacons (not sure if it's a metal or the oval mouth).

Yes, you can show dressage in eggbutt (and I've seen it on low level competitions around here). However from what I was told loose rings are preferable (but it won't work for me, unfortunately, because I can't use them on my qh).
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I found a french sweet iron loose ring in the english bits on State Line Tack for a good price, but you're right, it seems to be that sweet iron is more prominent in the western world. At this point, me and my trainer are leaning towards the one that's all sweet iron.

I used a french link eggbutt last year in Intro level with Jack, only because it was my trainer's preference and I was only leasing him. I've always preferred loose rings. You just have to order a size up to prevent pinching.

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