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    09-13-2010, 09:51 AM
  #1
Green Broke
Bit Fit Help

So I have changed bits. I have gone from an eggbutt snaffle to a french link loose ring snaffle and my horse seems to be much softer now, I really like the change. The thing is, it doesn't look right.

The bit is 5 inches long (same as his old bit) but looks shorter in his mouth. Also I have held the two bits up together and they are exactly the same length.

It also looks higher up in his mouth, not pulling his lips back too much, but wrinkling them more than the old bit. I have tried losening the cheek pieces but then it hangs too low in his mouth and he was trying to move it when it was that low (as if it was uncomfortable).

So my question is, is it ok the way it is? Or should I punch new wholes in the cheek pieces to get the perfect fit?

Tell me what you thing and if you notice anything else let me know please!

(thats his flash strap hanging down btw)
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    09-13-2010, 10:08 AM
  #2
Showing
I was told before (and noticed myself as well) that depending on rings (whether they are loose or eggbutt or D) same length indeed fits differently. To me your bit looks little too small for him.
     
    09-13-2010, 10:10 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Too short? Because the other one was slightly too long... so I don't understand :(
     
    09-13-2010, 10:15 AM
  #4
Showing
The position looks just fine to me. I can't tell for sure if the bit size is too small. I'd just borrow and try 5 1/4 if possible to see how it'll look.
     
    09-13-2010, 10:21 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Ok... I don't know how I would go about getting one of those... Ill get some pictures of me riding in it, in better light.
     
    09-13-2010, 10:24 AM
  #6
Green Broke
Ill aim for this

That looks right to me.
     
    09-13-2010, 10:31 AM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by speedy da fish    
ok... I don't know how I would go about getting one of those... Ill get some pictures of me riding in it, in better light.
May be it's different down there. I basically got bunch of bits in store and tried all (just put in, no real riding or anything), then washed and disinfected them and returned (the store was OK with it, I told them in advance I need to pick the right size as my horse is very hard to please with tack).

Yes, that happy mouth you posted looks better to me.
     
    09-13-2010, 10:37 AM
  #8
Green Broke
Ok, only think is in the UK, a decent bit is about 10-20 (which is $15-$30 ish), that's a very expensive trial and error. But he is my first horse and I've had him less that a year, so there will be a lot of that.
     
    09-13-2010, 10:42 AM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by speedy da fish    
ok, only think is in the UK, a decent bit is about 10-20 (which is $15-$30 ish), that's a very expensive trial and error. But he is my first horse and I've had him less that a year, so there will be a lot of that.
I know what you are saying. I tried 5 bits of so (granted I returned them all but one, so didn't waste any money) before I found that one the right size, form, and material for her. Personally, I think you do the right thing trying to find something which fit and nice. If he's happy with the bit as it is, I'd just leave it.
     
    09-13-2010, 10:50 AM
  #10
Green Broke
He does seem to like it... but I can't tell if that's 'if I don't come round, it hurts' or what. The bit is made from sweet iron which reacts with saliva and tastes nice and aids salivation, it really works for that! I think he likes it for that reason too.
     

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