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    03-27-2012, 11:59 AM
Bit help, moving up from snaffle

I'm looking to move my Percheron mare up from a snaffle. I've established a great stop with her, and she rides very well off of leg cues and neck reining. Right now I have her in a Myler Dee ring, but am unsure as to what a good starter curb would be. Any advice? Thanks!

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    03-27-2012, 12:29 PM
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I have Lacey in this one:
NP Sweet Iron Loose Cheek Western Curb Bit 5in -

She adores it. It's just enough bit without being too much and she responds really well to it. Also, the shanks are really short so there's not a whole ton of scary leverage available to happen (I really like that since Lacey has a tendency to get hot and sometimes I have to take up a bit more contact than I'd like).

Does Lennox need a bigger bit because of her drafty self? I'm not sure if those come in anything bigger than 5in... :(
    03-27-2012, 12:30 PM
Yeah, I should have mentioned that. She does need a bigger bit...I'll measure her current one tonight.

ETA: She needs a 5.5"
    03-27-2012, 03:07 PM
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So, do you neck rein Lacey?
    03-27-2012, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
So, do you neck rein Lacey?
Yep. :) Well, when I ride in my western saddle.
She neck reins pretty well, which I'm a smidge proud of because it's the one "big picture" thing she didn't know at all before I got her.
When I ride in my Aussie saddle, we use a snaffle (eggbutt mullen mouth is her current fav) and I direct rein.
    03-27-2012, 09:23 PM
Why not get a myler cub bit? You could even get it in the same mouthpiece you have now if it'a suitable for a curb! I'm thinking something like this:
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    03-27-2012, 09:32 PM
I always reccomend bumping up to something with a Billy Allen mouthpiece.

Billy Allen Bits

Although the Mylers are very good too.
    03-27-2012, 09:39 PM
My wife just tried this Happy Mouth Bit on her horse. She says he LOVES it! Happy Mouth Bits < English Horse Tack | Dover Saddlery
    03-28-2012, 10:27 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions! I'll look into those.
    03-28-2012, 11:44 AM
I don't know about you, but when it comes time for Rafe to move up to a curb, I'm going to have to have one custom made. They simply don't make quality curb bits in draft sizes. Everywhere I've looked, I either have the option of one of those cheapy nickle plated ones or a TT variation .

I've spoken to these folks and they can make a functional (looks nice but not fancy, just utilitarian) bit pretty much any way I want in a draft size for just slightly more than you would pay for a new myler.
Vernon Lynes - Silversmith - Lynes Custom Cowboy Company
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