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  • Half cheek bit up or down
  • 5" brass mullen mouth butterfly bit

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    10-26-2012, 09:11 AM
Green Broke
This is Sam the Clydesdales' bit I use for driving around the estate.

It is a 6 1/2" single jointed, half cheek snaffle.

The buxton bar bit is overkill around the farm.
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    10-26-2012, 09:29 AM
Green Broke
This was Seamus the Clyde’s show bit.

A 6" straight bar, swivel cheek, brass, Buxton bar bit.
It also has some play in the mouthpiece, the mouthpiece can move up and down a little bit on the shank of the bit.

This bit also has a smooth mouth and a rough mouth as well as 4 places to put the lines with each. In essence 8 bits in one, but of course you would not use more than half of them.

It needs some serious cleaning!
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    10-26-2012, 10:38 AM
carrage supplys

Here is a carrage supplys in devon england thay also do internatial postage here is the webb site www.ponyandcarrage.co.uk.
Or google pony and carrage ltd.
I hope this helps.
    10-26-2012, 11:49 AM
New bit is beautiful! What made you choose that particular bit?
    10-27-2012, 04:47 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by BigGreyHorse    
New bit is beautiful! What made you choose that particular bit?

I had bought this butterfly bit in June this year, I have seen lots of people use this style for years. I purchased the bit with the three loops on the shank, thinking it looked a little better with the longer shanks on such a big horse like P, but then I did not like using it every day because I felt it was big and heavy.

Well it seems that the butterfly bit is used on multiples to keep the horses from getting into their partners reins. And a single horse with shaft tips has a chance of getting the bottom loop on the bit caught on the shaft tips, it is amazing what a horse can get into, can you imagine that catastrophe.

The above and the fact that P every once in a while got his tongue over the butterfly bit.

I had heard about my new bit style when at the American Driving Society's meeting in WI.

So I went to the National Drive in KY. The Bowman’s who make bits were there as a vendor, and I was able to talk to them about the bit and they told me how they made it. Also a big plus was that the Bowman’s let me try out the bit before I paid for it.
I took a lesson with the new bit and the clinition and P and I seemed to like it. I know it is not going to solve all my problems, but is sure is beautiful to look at.

This is a 5 1/2" Mullen mouth butterfly bit.
Used on multiples or with short shafts, like on a marathon vehicle.
Can have 2 or 3 loops, and any type of mouth piece.


    10-27-2012, 09:11 PM
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Agh, I wish you knew where that straight bar Liverpool was from, Taffy! I've been looking for one to purchase for my mare for ages. No one seems to sell quality ones for whatever reason >.>

Your new bit is beautiful. It is very obviously carefully crafted and I'll bet that it will last atleast a few generations.
    10-28-2012, 05:31 AM
carriage supplys.

Howdy again miss clayton.
His email was on the blink and he has sorted it out.

Thease are the sites on his page.
As I said thank you.
And to the droping of the I i apolagise.
And to all the drivers here thank you and happy driveing.
Miss clayton thanks for you wonderful pictures of your tack and horses and for shareing them with the other drivers on here.
Many thanks mv.
I will say this although vanessa has gone its also funny that the letters mv are my actual birth name.
    10-28-2012, 09:19 AM
Green Broke
Thanks for the info MV Happy driving to you too!
    10-28-2012, 09:21 PM
Thank you for the talk about bits. I am using a mullen mouth pelham right now but she doesn't seem to like it.
    10-29-2012, 09:30 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by G8tdh0rse    
Thank you for the talk about bits. I am using a mullen mouth pelham right now but she doesn't seem to like it.
Are you using the snaffle part of the Pelham and not the curb? When I drove in my Mullen mouth Pelham, I used the snaffle and just left the curb alone, nothing in the rein slot.

If you were just using the snaffle part, you might try a broken snaffle or a double jointed snaffle, with a loose ring, a "D", full or half cheek, . I think the double jointed is the most mild.

On a double jointed snaffle, I, personally, like the middle section of the mouthpiece to be rounded or oval, not flat. Sometimes the flat ones are at the wrong angle to lay flat on the horses tongue, and the narrow or sharp edge is against the tongue., and it is hard to tell when ordering off a cataloge, so I just get the rounded ones.

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