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post #11 of 20 Old 04-01-2011, 01:19 AM
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Well, one has to find out for sure which bit the horse prefers. Perhaps someone'd lend you a copper-inlaid bit to try on him.
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post #12 of 20 Old 04-01-2011, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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I don't understand why you want me to try a copper bit on him? He was fine in his plain eggbutt Dr. Bristol when I rode him at his previous home. He was not fine with a full cheek copper snaffle. Every time I touched the reins he got upset. I don't think that was the coppers fault. My previous horse loved the full cheek copper bit so that is what I had in my bridle and figured I would try it out on my new horse. The copper may make my new horse accept a different bit better, but some horses just hate copper, I don't know whether it was the copper or full cheek, but the way he acted it seemed to be the full cheek when it touched him. So I'm not going to get a copper bit at all. That's not what he is used to. I think I am going to try the Oval mouth, and if he likes it, great if not, maybe the next one will have copper on it. I will report back with results. I'm so glad that I did pick out a bit that many seem to like. We will see if Cash, my new horse, likes it or not. This is his picture. not very good because it was taken with my phone .... but he is cute.
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He's a cutie! I have the 5 1/2 inch mouthpiece on my appendix. Fits him very well. Most horses do just fine in stainless steel, so I wouldn't worry about the copper.

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yeah. I'm going to put my old bit in today it's a 5. I didn't see anything wrong with it size wise, but I was thinking last night Ibetter make sure before I order. how do I know exactly if it fits? Usually I can just kind of tell.... too tight to much room. ect. but is there a "rule of thumb" so to speak?
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What you can do if you're not sure is get a string and put it in his mouth at the adjustment you would have the bit at. Mark it on both ends with a marker and measure it. That'll tell you what size he needs.

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I am betting it is the single jointed bit that is more of a problem than the full cheek part of the bit.

Go with the french link style mouth piece and see if that helps.

And a Dr. Bristol is not necessarily a mean bit, if it fits well in his mouth and it is what he likes then go for it.
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And a Dr. Bristol is not necessarily a mean bit, if it fits well in his mouth and it is what he likes then go for it.
Yes! All according to how you use it.

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My point is that you must separate each component of the bit to find what he likes in a bit altogether.


Re: copper: when you don't let him EXPERIENCE copper, he doesn't get to show you whether he likes it.

I like to see if my horse likes copper, because many really love it, & it helps with their salivation; I see no reason why other horse owners wouldn't want to find out, as well.
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Ok. I'm going to order a couple of bits today. :) add to my collection. a Dr. Bristol, an oval mouth, and a french link copper eggbutt.
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Thankfully bits do not go bad (like food and such) if they sit around unused.
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