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post #1 of 3 Old 07-03-2012, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Bit help :/

I need a really good bit to use on my Walking horse mare. Im pretty sure she was using a curb bit by my trainer, but im moving her to a new stable, and getting her own set of tack. I think im wanting to get a curb bit, maybe a snaffle. Mind listing the ones you like the best? I really need some help on this :/

And also, i need help on curb chains. I know my old trainer use to put them on her, does it help with leverage, or control? And i need info on how to use it, like tightening it up or however. I want to know the ost i can, so she has the most comfortablest bit, and isnt in and discomfort. My old trainer use to put the curb chain so tight, it would leave a mark on her :/ Deffinently NOT putting it that tight on her again, he didnt know what he was doing anyways, hence why i moved her a long time ago to the current one, lol.

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-03-2012, 03:14 PM
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My husband's TWH likes the Imus comfort bit. I think they are well worth the money.

My current ride, an American Walking Pony, is being ridden in a plain ol' copper mouth Tom Thumb, and if there's no reason to change, I won't.

I had several fancy Paso bits for my Paso Fino, but she ended up preferring just a sweet iron mouth curb.

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post #3 of 3 Old 07-03-2012, 08:55 PM
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The kind of bit you will find works best is the one that is most appropriate to your discipline and one that the horse finds comfortable.

The discipline question is one you must answer. The mouthpiece question in one where the horse should have some say!

Horses can have different "tastes" and you'll likely have to experiment some to find what works best. I've found the widest acceptance with some copper in the mouthpiece. It seems to promote healthy salivation. Sweet iron is probably next most popular. Stainless steel seems to be at the bottom of the list for most horses. I've noted it least conducive to salivation.

Ride with friends and, as part of the ride, ask to borrow their headstall and bit and try some out. Remember that "first impressions" are not always right for either horses or humans. But if you get a strong "negative" that's a hint.

Good luck in your search.

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