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post #1 of 15 Old 03-02-2010, 03:39 PM Thread Starter
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What bit?

I'm curious to know what your horse wears in all the phases. I understand you'll be using a different bit for dressage in the upper levels but does it change when you are doing stadium? Cross country? and how about you lower level riders? Do you use the same bit in all three phases? Why or why not?

Cougar wears a loose ring snaffle all the time. He doesn't like any other bit and it shows. So we stick to what fits his mouth best. He rides well in it out doing XC as well as doing his flat work.
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post #2 of 15 Old 03-02-2010, 07:51 PM
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My mare, Blue was always trained in a full cheek, and that's what I ride her in. I ride happy mouth full cheek for flat work, and I use a slow twist full cheek when doing alot of jumping courses, becuase she is a very handsy horse, she is duler to the legs, because when I was training with my bad trainer, she would have me ride more with my hands. ><. I'm trying to fix that now though.

With Geof, whom I event regularly, he uses a loose ring french link for all three, he responds to the lightest tug on his mouth, so we use that and he loves it. He did wear a 3 ring elevator for Training and up XC, but the reins were just on the top and bottem rings.

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post #3 of 15 Old 03-02-2010, 08:57 PM
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For Dressage, Loose Ring French Link
For Stadium and CC I use a French Link Egg Butt or my Myler D Ring.

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post #4 of 15 Old 03-02-2010, 09:18 PM
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For Isabelle I use an eggbut snaffle all the time, because she has a soft mouth and listens to her rider like it would kill her if she didn't. My other horse, Bacardi, used to wear a dutch gag because he would bolt on the cross country course and he got a little dangerous. He has improved tremendously and has since graduated up to a loose ring tom thumb snaffle. I was so proud of him : )

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post #5 of 15 Old 03-02-2010, 10:21 PM
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Beau goes in a double-jointed loose ring snaffle for dressage.
For XC & stadium he's in an eggbutt gag (with 2 reins). He turns into a freight train and it gets hard to rock him back on his haunches before a jump.

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post #6 of 15 Old 03-03-2010, 12:25 AM
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i put ozzie in a french link egg butt snaffle for dressage and showjumping but cross country he gets a slotted kimblewick with a snaffle mouth on the bottom slot

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post #7 of 15 Old 03-03-2010, 05:50 PM
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Dressage-Full cheek or plain eggbutt
XC & Stadium- Kimberwick or Dr. Bristol.

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post #8 of 15 Old 03-03-2010, 06:12 PM
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I have always used my snaffle in all three phases. Usually a loose ring, french link snaffle.

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post #9 of 15 Old 03-03-2010, 06:19 PM
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I have no horse ,but my lesson horse ,Jessie, uses an average snaffle and my camp horse ,Bunny, uses an eggbut bit! 0--0 eggbut O--O snaffle o--o loose ring snaffle! I like making bits from the keyboard.lol.

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post #10 of 15 Old 03-03-2010, 06:47 PM
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My training level eventer (who is retired now) went in a double jointed snaffle for dressage and an elevator for stadium and cross country. Our last event i put him in a myler combo bit that he loved. Would have continued to use it if he had stayed sound!!

My 5yr OTTB does all 3 phases in a double jointed snaffle.

My sister's prelim horse (who is now my horse since she is going to vet school!) goes in a mullen mouth for dressage and twisted snaffle for jumping phases.
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