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post #1 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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I ride my coming 5 year old quarter horse in a loose ring snaffle, 5". He had a few months off in the winter and we just started riding again, but now the bit I used all last summer without issue is rubbing at the corners of his mouth causing callouses (spelling) I tried another bit, 5" D ring and it does the same thing. I was thinking about putting bit guards on, but I don't know if there is enough room.

Do you think the rubbing is caused because the bit is too small for him? Or because of the kind of bit it is? Should I try a french link to see if that fits him better, or just move up to a 5 1/2?

If I go 5 1/2 and it is too loose, will bit guards work then?

Any suggestions would be helpful! I have a feeling I'm going to spend a bit of money on different bits but a starting point would be good.

I'm going to try to borrow some bits from my friend, but right now isn't a good time to ask. She may have to put her TB down due to an injury :(

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post #2 of 11 Old 03-18-2012, 03:51 PM
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post a photo of him bitted, with the bit centered in his mouth. I guess it is too small for him. Also, remember there are 51/4 bits, too. AND you may have it too high in his mouth.
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Photo is a good idea, not sure why I didn't think of that. ;)
This is the only one I have that shows a decent view. Next time I tack up I'll try to take a better one.

Oh and a correction, I'm not really sure if the term "loose ring' is correct. Is it?
:/ sorry I'm more use to curb bits.
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This is the other bit I tried to ride him in, but it rubs against the corner of his mouth as well. Different headstall.

It was easy to notice he was getting rubbed there, he use to never sweat along the corner of his mouth so I started looking.
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It's kind of hard to see from those photos. The first one I can't tell if it's a loose ring. The height of the bit looks about right from what I can see. I think maybe it is just too narrow. The way the bit ring flares outward makes me think it is too narrow for your horse. Bits are not that expensive, buy one that's a quarter inch wider. And maybe a nice eggbut with curved edges. Let me see if I can find one.



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It's a 5.5 but that might be okay.
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It sure doesn't hurt to try! Thank you for the suggestion.

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Agree that it looks too small.

The first bit you posted is usually called a "western D-ring" (even though the rings obviously aren't actually D-shaped). The difference between a loose ring and this bit is that, quite simply, the rings aren't "loose." Rather, they're fixed at the mouthpiece, similar to an eggbutt.
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Ha, thank you. I knew when I said it, it was wrong but for the life of me couldn't remember what it said it was when I bought it.

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The first bit is an off set D ring snaffle, either way both bits look too narrow.
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If you look had enough you can eventually find 5 1/4 inch mouth piece, but a 5.5 with a bit guard might work.

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