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post #1 of 7 Old 07-25-2011, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone know what these horrific bits are called??

So, I was at a show, photographing the Showjumpers, and wow do they use one heck on a mechanism on there horses!

They don't look they are killing the horses like some bits, but they sure are looking pretty **** harsh, and putting a lot of pressure on different places...

so anyone know what there called?? or ones similar are called?

1st - Double rein. Poll, nose and jaw pressure, along with the normal bit pressure
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2nd - Nose, Poll and normal bit pressure
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3rd - last but not least, the Double rein, Poll, nose, jaw and bit pressure
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Notice the last two have a Martingale as well! just to add to everything!

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post #2 of 7 Old 07-25-2011, 03:10 AM
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Without seeing the mouthpiece, it's hard for me to tell, but the first one looks like a straight out-of-the-box Josey Combination / Million Dollar Bit (or knock-off brand); designed for barrel racing.

The second one....they have it rigged really stupidly, with the faux roundings and lack of curb and martingale besides...

Here's the exact bit, though: Happy Mouth Double Jointed Mouth Hackamore Bit 5" RARE on eBay!

Last one looks like pretty much the same thing. At least it's rigged more appropriately.

I can't believe those things are show-legal, though.
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Ouch ! Is all I can say.. /:
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Thanks Bubba, they sure do look confusing

and i agree Horse lover!
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All three of the bits look like some form of torture. I know that in the right hands they aren't severe, but still. I don't think that any horse needs that much of a bit. That much leverage shouldn't be necessary with any type of horse.

The first bit is a combination bit. It looks like a cheaper version of the Martha Josey Million Dollar Bit. I haven't ever seen a barrel racing bit used for english before.

The second and third bit are both the same gag bit, but the second looks like it is being used wrong. It is rigged incorrectly. They both look like the Happy Mouth Jointed Mouth Hackamore Bit. I don't think that you are supposed to use two sets of reins with gag bits. The reins should only be on the bottom ring so that the bit isn't as rough on the horse's mouth.

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thanks SayiWont. very interesting!
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Looks to me like someone's found a way to combine a gag bit with a hackmore...

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