What exactly is a waterford bit designed for???

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What exactly is a waterford bit designed for???

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    03-05-2011, 03:48 PM
What exactly is a waterford bit designed for???

My horse came with a Waterford bit but I didn't feel he needed it so put him in a French link snaffle and he has been fine.....til now!! The spring approaching has left him with a sack load of energy and NO brakes.....scary as hell cos he is FAST..I have put the Waterford on for hacking but I am not entirely sure that it is any good as brakes?? I school him in the snaffle and he is good as gold but the excitement of hacking and seeing the spring grass coming through is too much for him....Opinions please
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    03-05-2011, 09:39 PM
Waterfords are good for really strong horses and horses that grab the bit and run. SInce they have so many links on the bit it is a harsher bit because it has a weird pressure on the horses mouth. My horse is really strong and I have her in a waterford for cross country and sometimes jumping.
    03-21-2011, 09:32 PM
A waterford bit is as harsh as you make it. You should only use it if you have light hands and don't lean on the reins. I switched my horse from a loose ring snaffle to a waterford because he would continuously grab the bit and pull. With the waterford, he stopped because he was essentially punishing himself. It's also virtually impossible for him to grab and pull with because the bit itself is collapsible.

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