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        02-02-2009, 01:18 AM
    Which Bit

    For when I start trading apollo. Wich bit would be better for me to use?


    Or should I buy a new different one?
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        02-02-2009, 01:20 AM
    Green Broke
    The second one is most used, however, I have switched to a mylar level 1 snaffle that has a roller in the middle (can't remember exactly what it is called). I just switched today.
        02-02-2009, 01:22 AM
    I used the 2nd one when I trained rebel but swiched to the top one because the chin strap helps him stop ALOT better. But I heard its not good to start off with a shank bit(the top one)
        02-02-2009, 01:24 AM
    Green Broke
    HMMM DON'T KNOW. I am using a leather chin strap on mine. I have a short video up of thunder first time in a trot in the video section (sorry to be off topic)
        02-02-2009, 01:26 AM
    Ok ill check it out
        02-02-2009, 05:23 PM
    If Apollo is a green horse, I would start him in the snaffle (second one) and once you have progress far enough (he yields to hand, leg and seat pressure) then I would switch to the shank bit (top one).
        02-02-2009, 08:10 PM
    Ok thanks appy lover
        02-02-2009, 08:14 PM
    No problem :)
        02-02-2009, 11:11 PM
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    Is the first bit a tom thumb? I've heard pretty bad things about them... I guess they don't give the horse enough warning before they start acting or something... Here's an article that explains it pretty well: Trouble with Tom Thumb Tom Thumbs were the main bit (until we started switching them over to snaffles) we used at my camp and there was only one horse (out of 15) that actually went better in a TT than a snaffle. I would definitely start him in the snaffle and if you decide to move up to a shanked bit eventually, find one that isn't broken in the middle (like a normal curb)... I'm not very good with western bits... If the chin strap is what you need, a normal curb bit should be able to have the chin strap and be gentler on his mouth. Good luck!
        02-03-2009, 02:53 AM
    Wallaby thanks. Im not sure what kind it its. Someone gave it to me. But ill check out that article out. But that's good to know

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