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    08-13-2012, 06:55 PM
I'm currently trying to pick a bit that I can drive my horse and ride him with and my friend bought me a two slot liverpool driving bit and it fits my horse perfectly but i'm afraid i'll hurt him if it's not meant to be used as a riding bit
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    08-14-2012, 09:12 AM
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The liverpool bit will be fine to ride in, although it might look a bit unusual.
Also if you don't use the shanks on the bit they might get caught on things while riding, expecially trail riding.
I would suggest getting a different bit for riding because, don't you have a different bridle? I would think it would be a major pain to switch bits all the time.
This place has some good, reasonably priced driving and riding bits.

    08-23-2012, 04:40 PM
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Originally Posted by yadlim    
So, I have used this type of bit driving my horse for several years.

Just a basic medium port Kimberwick. We took a few years off driving, but now that we are driving again, he is not happy with the bit.

About two years ago I switched him, under saddle, to a medium port with a copper roller - which he LOVES.

But now, when I hitch him up, I can feel him workign the bit looking for the roller. He is not doing anything bad, he just wants his copper roller back.

Do they make Kimberwicks with a copper roller that are not broken mouth pieces? This is the closest I have been able to find. My horse hasn't had a broken mouth piece in his mouth in 12 years.

Or if I really want to keep my medium port - which I do, I can get copper, but the mouth piece is broken and no roller.

Any suggestions? He is really unhappy without the roller, but he has never gone well in any sort of snaffle. - I need to add that I am open to switching to different shanks, like a pelham, etc, but I don't need tons of leverage.
if he is happy with his bit with a roler keep him in it and he will be happy in his work

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