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        11-11-2008, 06:29 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Which bit is better?

    Looking at two bits and am undecided as to which would be best.

    I like this one b/c it won't pinch and it has tongue relief, the only thing is my horse's mouth has a low port, so I was wondering if the raised bar would bother him?
    12.5cm / 5" Myler D Ring Snaffle. BRAND NEW! - eBay Bits, Equipment, Horse Riding, Sport. (end time 19-Nov-08 22:05:07 AEDST)

    Or this one, practically the same except its a french link, and the bars are thicker.
    Three piece French Link Snaffle Racing Dee Horse Bit - eBay Tack-Western, Equestrian, Outdoor Sports, Sporting Goods. (end time 06-Dec-08 14:09:48 AEDST)

    Or this one, which i'm pretty certain i'm going to buy. Like above but sweet iron.
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/5-1-2-S-S-D-R...3286.m20.l1116

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        11-11-2008, 08:01 AM
      #2
    Showing
    Remembering from other posts what you are trying to accomplish and even though I like the Billy Allen type mouth, none of them.

    The first one has a high port.
    The second one is not sweet iron - only stainless, not even with copper inlay.
    The third one is the best of the 3 but it has a 5 1/2" mouth so unless you have a large boned horse, it's too big. I would measure my horse before buying that one.
         
        11-11-2008, 10:50 AM
      #3
    Trained
    I like the last bit best if it's the right size for your pony!
         
        11-11-2008, 10:54 AM
      #4
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FehrGroundRanch    
    I like the last bit best if it's the right size for your pony!


    Me too. OP, Please ask if you want details why.
         
        11-11-2008, 10:55 AM
      #5
    Trained
    I'm not a huge fan of any of them ( I've not used any of them)...but... I like the last one the best. If you are careful when you contact the seller on ebay, they have both 5 1/2" and 5" available according to their description of the product. Measure your horse's mouth and then decide which one to buy.
         
        11-11-2008, 10:56 AM
      #6
    Trained
    JDI, Details are always helpful...I'd like to know why if you don't mind. I've only used a loose ring snaffle...
         
        11-11-2008, 04:12 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    The first is a correction bit, a lot harsher than the other two. For Mylers, I prefer the comfort or barrel snaffle, or low port forward tilt.

    I personally like the third bit. It has a thinner mouth which many horses prefer and a copper link which helps increase salivation.
         
        11-11-2008, 05:37 PM
      #8
    Foal
    Definitely the last one (:
         
        11-11-2008, 05:50 PM
      #9
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone! I did end up buying the last one, the sweet iron. I double checked with the seller before-hand and she does have a 5" (my horse's mouth is exactly 5", the dentist measured for me) and even though I bought the 5 1/2" one she will swap it and post the 5" to me.

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl    
    JDI, Details are always helpful...I'd like to know why if you don't mind. I've only used a loose ring snaffle...
    Me too, for the sake of learning...
         
        11-13-2008, 06:50 PM
      #10
    Foal
    I've used a whole slew of snaffles, but this past summer I tried a bitless on my Canadian mare, mainly just to try it. It took about 10 minutes for her to accept how it tightened around her head. Then a friend wanted her photo taken on the mare, so I handed the mare over, explaining the bridle and possible problems the mare might give. My friend knows nothing about horses or riding, she just wanted her picture taken. After being photographed, she walked the horse for about another 15 minutes and the mare, Willow worked like a charm. A couple of days later I put her bitted bridle on and another friend who doesn't ride, got on her. Willow refused to turn or backup. I got all worried about her and called the vet in. He couldn't find anything wrong. We tried a lot of different things, then came the bitless bridle and she worked well. He didn't float her teeth because there was no problem there. Willow decided she didn't want a bit (3 sweet iron bits - O-ring, D-ring or shank snaffle) in her mouth and that was all there was to it. She is nine years old and as smart as a whip, but stubborn also.
    I tried the bitless on my Standardbred filly and though she was confused, she tried to work with it but she returned to the bitted bridle without any problems. The one curious thing is that she began to neckrein almost like a pro, with the bitless without any training at all. I haven't tried my Hanoverian gelding bitless.
    I like the third bit best.
         

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