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    04-11-2011, 05:37 PM
Bubba, I read your post on bits but I couldn't figure out which you'd recommend.
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    04-11-2011, 09:55 PM
If you have a friend with a lot of bits to try, that's always a good place to start. Is she nice and responsive in her current bit? Does she neck-rein? (Have her teeth been floated? No bit will work well if they haven't.)

A snaffle is always a good place to start, preferably with a French link mouthpiece, but a regular jointed bit will give you an idea if that's all you have to try.

If she likes her current bit just fine, you might try a nicer variation on the same theme: Better-shaped mouthpiece of sweet-iron metal (vs. nickel alloy), swivel shanks for a possibility of direct-reining, and better overall balance.

And I always think that an Argentine-style bit is a good starting place for a broke Western-type horse. Three-piece mouths are generally better, but again a single-jointed mouth is a fine choice too.

I almost wonder if you couldn't just ride her in a rope halter, but if you feel uncomfortable doing so, DON'T!

Good luck!

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