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post #11 of 26 Old 07-17-2011, 06:10 PM
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I think I've finally found the bits that work for my gelding. It only took...Hmmm. Four years of experimenting to figure out what he's best in.

For western- Dogbone futurity.
English- Dee single joint, and soon I'm trying a D ring french link.

He moves nicely in the single joint, but he's an angel in his dogbone curb, so I'm going to see if he'll work as nicely in a FL snaffle.

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post #12 of 26 Old 07-19-2011, 05:38 AM
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I use a KK on my baby for everything, on my older mare I use a frenchlink for most stuff and a fulmer waterford for jumping
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post #13 of 26 Old 07-19-2011, 01:36 PM
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I am almost always moving Jake around in different bits. He gets used to one and then starts to ignore it. I don't have to move up in power, I just have to change the feeling of the bit. So for schooling english I move between three snaffles : Double jointed loose O-ring (french link), a single jointed D-ring, and a slow/large twisted full cheek when he needs a little more. Right now he is a happy camper in his D-ring, we will see how long that lasts, its normally about 3-6 months.

Then for my show coming up I will be in a three ring elevator bit with no chain. Probably on the first hole. He loves sliding gags, and they work wonders when he is used to a snaffle. It has the extra give when I put tension that gives him a some play. It also helps give me lift for turning, and the possibility of a little extra edge if needed during a show. (He has only shown barrels, I'm expecting him to be HOT HOT HOT for the first few classes)

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Now for western I typically switch between the tom thumb and the wonderbit. Honestly I don't like how he works in a tom thumb, but when he is taking advantage of the wonderbit I will go to the tom thumb for about a month to freshen him up. Then he will be a dream back in the wonderbit. I don't do snaffle work western because I want to retain my loose rein western work and my contact english work, and want him to respond differently.
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post #14 of 26 Old 07-19-2011, 01:38 PM
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I interchangeably use a jointed eggbutt and a jointed loose-ring on the Thoroughbreds.
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post #15 of 26 Old 07-19-2011, 01:46 PM
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Sprenger KK loose ring, Myler comfort level 1, or recently I have discovered the Stubben EZ Control (hate the name!) for youngsters since it doesn't collapse and turns into a mullen mouth. Basically double-jointed snaffles.
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post #16 of 26 Old 07-19-2011, 02:09 PM
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When I bought my horse, she was in an Argentine snaffle with copper. She didn't complain about it (and she gave at the poll very nicely). She was being ridden Western on trails when she was in the Argentine, but I switched her to English, with the direct reining and contact. We started jumping and flat work, so I switched her to a D ring snaffle with copper. She has a beautiful soft mouth; very responsive. I'm lucky I found something she liked so quickly!
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post #17 of 26 Old 07-22-2011, 02:42 PM
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I currently ride my gelding in a loose ring french link snaffle, and he seems to work really well in it.

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post #18 of 26 Old 07-27-2011, 11:32 PM
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eqkidd,
I would not recommend using a different bit for each different style of riding. It is very confusing to a horse to have such drastic changes in his mouth so frequently. If you feel that you use a stronger bit because you need him to listen to your aids more in "work" mode than in "pleasure" mode, then it would be an adjustment in the riding and training more than in the equipment.
My horse used to go around in a copper double twist because he got too pully to the jumps. My new trainer took us down to a Korsteel slow twist and took us back to basics for months; now my horse can poke around a 3'6" course with no problem in his slow twist and is SO much happier. Hope this helps!
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eqkidd,
I would not recommend using a different bit for each different style of riding. It is very confusing to a horse to have such drastic changes in his mouth so frequently. If you feel that you use a stronger bit because you need him to listen to your aids more in "work" mode than in "pleasure" mode, then it would be an adjustment in the riding and training more than in the equipment.
My horse used to go around in a copper double twist because he got too pully to the jumps. My new trainer took us down to a Korsteel slow twist and took us back to basics for months; now my horse can poke around a 3'6" course with no problem in his slow twist and is SO much happier. Hope this helps!
I'll just put it this way because I had a whole thing typed out but then decided not to post it... A bit is only as strong as the riders hands.
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post #20 of 26 Old 07-30-2011, 08:00 AM
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Right, but instead of using a stronger bit to manhandle a horse into responding, he should be brought back to the basics in order to listen to your aids. Yes, it takes months of hard, slow work, but it is worth it in the end, for the horse's sake as well as the rider's. My Olympic trainer who has produced countless horses for over 60 years has never used a bit stronger than a slow twist. This in itself speaks for how versatile this type of bit is, whether it be an Open Jumper or a Grand Prix Dressage horse.
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