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        08-27-2013, 07:04 AM
      #11
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by HalleysComet    
    Thanks, Blue Eyed Pony. Glad you've found something that works for both you and your filly.
    Ahhhh bits are a nightmare hahahaha. I go through the same process with every single horse, trying to find what works best for the individual. Saddles suck too!
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        08-29-2013, 09:31 AM
      #12
    Foal
    What does this bit do? I've heard that it's called a colt bit, but I'd like to know how it works and how harsh it is.
         
        08-29-2013, 10:12 AM
      #13
    Trained
    That's a Western bit so it's beyond my experience but I can give you a vague idea.

    It's a nice short-shanked curb, so it'll be fairly mild. Probably a good first curb bit for the transition from snaffle to curb, and with the 'straightbar' mouthpiece [I know it's not actually straight] it will give very simple signals when actually used. Due to the lack of independent side movement this is NOT a bit for direct reining, more of a bit for a horse that has been properly prepared in the snaffle and is already consistent at neck reining.

    One of the very few Western curbs I don't take one look at and think "OMG!" - I am an English rider and Western curbs are not designed with the same purposes in mind!
         
        09-03-2013, 10:32 AM
      #14
    Foal
    Thank you! I wanted to use it as my 4-H show bit because they won't let me ride my horse in his snaffle, so I tried to find the mildest curb possible. I'm going to be neck-reining him, so I hope that it won't bug him too much. If it does bug him, I'm just going to show in my snaffle because a ribbon isn't worth my horse's comfort.
         
        09-03-2013, 11:35 AM
      #15
    Trained
    It looks like a good choice, and kudos to you! Keep that attitude going, too few people have it nowadays.
         
        09-03-2013, 11:42 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Horsealot    
    Thank you! I wanted to use it as my 4-H show bit because they won't let me ride my horse in his snaffle, so I tried to find the mildest curb possible. I'm going to be neck-reining him, so I hope that it won't bug him too much. If it does bug him, I'm just going to show in my snaffle because a ribbon isn't worth my horse's comfort.
    The whole point of a curb is NOT to use it. It should no be any more uncomfortable then his snaffle.
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        09-30-2013, 11:43 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Bumping this thread up - anyone else have questions on any piece of tack?
         
        10-03-2013, 05:10 PM
      #18
    Foal


    Here is one! Hope this isn't a dumb question.
    So those straight leather things that are on English reins. What do they do?
         
        10-03-2013, 05:49 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I'll take a stab, I am thinking it stops the reins from coming to far inward when using a running martingale or tie down.
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        10-03-2013, 06:13 PM
      #20
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by goneriding    
    I'll take a stab, I am thinking it stops the reins from coming to far inward when using a running martingale or tie down.
    Close. They're called stoppers. They keep the martingale rings from getting too close to the bit.
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