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    10-04-2011, 11:37 AM
  #1
Foal
Bit for an eventer with a slight parrot mouth?

I have a thoroughbred who is currently eventing at beg novice. He has a parrot mouth which is not that bad, prob only about 2cm off from where it should be. But his tongue sticks out without a flash, and I'm having a very hard time getting him to soften. I'm currently just riding him in a plain d ring snaffle. It does the trick in cross country, but it dressage and stadium he's just really stiff to my hands. He gets adjusted all the time, and his neck and back are very well stretched out, he just doesn't want to do it.

I need some suggestions on a bit to help soften his mouth. He's not speedy in the least bit though.

Any ideas?
     
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    10-06-2011, 08:48 PM
  #2
Trained
JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Eggbutt - Loose Ring Snaffles from SmartPak Equine

This one! I have a parrot mouthed TB. I played around with bits for 4 years. I recently switched him to this one and he LOVES it! I'm very surprised because it has such a fat middle piece, but I'm not going to argue with the boy. The one in the pic is an eggbutt, but it comes in loose ring too.
     
    10-06-2011, 08:49 PM
  #3
Trained
Oh by the way, D-ring bits actually encourage jaw locking. Not good when you're trying to get the horse to soften.
     
    10-06-2011, 09:11 PM
  #4
Started
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Eggbutt - Loose Ring Snaffles from SmartPak Equine

This one! I have a parrot mouthed TB. I played around with bits for 4 years. I recently switched him to this one and he LOVES it! I'm very surprised because it has such a fat middle piece, but I'm not going to argue with the boy. The one in the pic is an eggbutt, but it comes in loose ring too.
I have the loose ring version of that bit for my TB(who I believe the vet said is also slightly parrot mouthed) She was doing very well with it, but I was having problems with her being heavy with some people and not wanting to stop so I recently switched her to a similar bit that is eggbutt instead of loose ring, so far she is doing even better with her new bit, if I had known the jp korsteel oval mouth came as an eggbutt I would have bought that one. Either way I agree that that is a great bit.
     
    10-06-2011, 09:38 PM
  #5
Foal
You can't go wrong with an O-ring snaffle, IMO.
I like the mild types of hackamores too, as a last resort kinda thing if you can't find any other real bit to work well. I'm no eventer so I don't know if those are legal or not - I use one once in a while and it's a good option.
My horse has a slight parrot mouth too and I use an O-ring snaffle the majority of the time.
     
    10-06-2011, 09:45 PM
  #6
Trained
You actually can go wrong with an O-ring when on XC depending on how ambitious your horse is about jumping solid fences. I got the eggbutt to give myself a little more in the brakes department. The O-ring just slides through the mouth when you try to half halt a galloping maniac!
     
    10-06-2011, 09:58 PM
  #7
Foal
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
You actually can go wrong with an O-ring when on XC depending on how ambitious your horse is about jumping solid fences. I got the eggbutt to give myself a little more in the brakes department. The O-ring just slides through the mouth when you try to half halt a galloping maniac!
True, true...Been there before! Haha! But I always run barrels in an O ring and I've got enough stop (usually) no matter how crazy of a horse I'm running.
But maybe not the bit for you - just my personal preference
     
    10-06-2011, 10:05 PM
  #8
Foal
Awesome! My local tack shop carries that bit too, so I'll go pick one up tomorrow and see what he thinks about it!
     

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