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post #1 of 16 Old 03-01-2009, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use this bit???

I am thinking of getting this bit has anyone used this kind before? I have only ever used a hunter D but I have heard some good things about this one.

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post #2 of 16 Old 03-01-2009, 10:34 PM
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I actually use this on my OTTB, its a copper french link loose ring snaffle. I used to use a regular snaffle but he seemed to hate the single joint and would slobber all over the place. I switched to the french link, and its been great. The copper encourages them to salivate and they will accept the bit easier. I got mine off of ebay for about 12 bucks.
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I believe that's the type of bit that JDI (just dressage it) uses and regularly recommends here.

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I think this bit is great for giving your horse a clear message. It is broken into 3 pieces, making it more clear to the horse where you want him to go and what you want him to do without being harsh
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I actually use this on my OTTB, its a copper french link loose ring snaffle. I used to use a regular snaffle but he seemed to hate the single joint and would slobber all over the place. I switched to the french link, and its been great. The copper encourages them to salivate and they will accept the bit easier. I got mine off of ebay for about 12 bucks.
Actually that is not a french link - that's a three piece snaffle with a bean. A french link is ergonomically shaped and flat whereas a bean is more like a literal bean, with some width to it as well.

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I think this bit is great for giving your horse a clear message. It is broken into 3 pieces, making it more clear to the horse where you want him to go and what you want him to do without being harsh
That totally depends on the horse. I've known just as many horses that hate a three piece as well as those that hate a simple snaffle. So much of it has to do with mouth conformation and jaw construction and teeth settings.

In general, it is a VERY mild bit, yes.

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I will almost always recommend a double jointed bit over a single joint.. most (not all!) horses will prefer having a double joint than a single joint.

The difference will be in your horse's mouth conformation. But generally, in my experience, horses tend to like a double joint rather than a single joint.

A single joint acts on the tongue (crackerjack action), bars (sides of the mouth), and the palate (roof of the mouth). When you pick up a single joint bit, hold it by the middle on one finger - you will notice that the joint will protrude upwards.. when the reins are activated, this is the action it will have on the roof of the mouth.

A double jointed bit acts on the whole mouth. It has no crackerjack action, and uses tongue pressure as well as bar pressure when the reins are activated.

My Bucket analogy!!
Think of picking up a full bucket of water with various bits; the snaffle will pinch your hand on either side.
The french link/bean link/what have you will have a whole hand coverage, and will be much more comfortable.

Now.. what you have there is an oval link. The middle portion is round, not flat, and is very mild. The copper will encourage the horse to salivate and work the jaw.
The loose ring portion will not allow the horse to brace too much against the bit, which is a good thing. Very little lateral pressure. If the bit is even a little narrow, I recommend bit guards so the loose ring doesn't pinch the lips.

Overall, good bit choice :)


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Just Dressage It - I agree with all you said however know quite a few horses that don't like the "wraparound" feel of a multi-jointed bit - two or more, while others prefer it ;)

Overall, for most horses I like the above bit however. :)

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Definitely! Some horses absolutely do not like the feel of a double jointed bit. It takes some time and experimentation to find exactly what works best for your horse


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post #10 of 16 Old 03-02-2009, 03:10 PM
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I think that's a great choice of bit. I have one similar to that bit that I use for horses who are unconfident with bit contact. I never use single jointed bits anymore, they're just too uncomfortable for the horse.
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