I just brought an Arabian mare who is 5 and im wondering what bit to use with her. I've heard she hasn't done too much but wont really know how she rides until I get on her. The man im buying her off of used to ride her in a hackamore. What would you suggest the best bit is to start her training.
I bridled my filly for the first time yesterday, she's coming 4 (April) I have a nice O ring snaffle for her. She's not under saddle yet (I hope to have her at the trainers in May) but a snaffle is always a good first choice!
An egg-butt is a type of snaffle. Read this article about bits and you might get why everyone always says a snaffle.Before you read the article, just as a warning the author has very strong opinions about tack. I don't agree with all of it, but there is a lot good information about bit action. It is very informative. If you listen to this author no horse needs anything other then a snaffle. I don't believe this, I have seen first hand horses that do not like the snaffle action. It is a very versitle bit with mild action that does great with most horses.
I personally do NOT like single-joint bits. They have a crackerjack action on the horse's tongue and bars, protrude up into the horse's palate, and do not have full-mouth contact. I much prefer double-jointed bits.
Here's what I like to start youngsters in:
Full Cheek French Link. The full cheek part of it will prevent the bit from being pulled through the horse's mouth, which is big for a youngster, epecially if you lunge or ground-drive with a bit. The full cheek also applies lateral pressure, that is, when you pull on the right rein, the left cheekpiece will push against the left cheek, encouraging the horse to follow the right rein. The french link mouth is a nice double-joint bit that allows full mouth contact. There is no crackerjack action, and the bit lies nicely on the tongue.
D-rings have the same lateral effect, and so do eggbutts, but to a lesser degree.
---> A great analogy for choosing a bit mouthpiece!! Think of the bit as a bucket handle. If you had to carry a full bucket of water with that bit as the handle, would it hurt your hands? A single joint bit would pinch your hand, and you'd only really feel contact on the outside of your hand. A double joint would not, it would give you full contact, dispersing the pressure. You can think of this with many types of bits, for example: Twisted wire: ouch!! Double twisted wire: even more ouch!! Corkscrew: not as bad, but still ouch!! Slow twist: woud definitely not be pleasant!