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    03-28-2012, 02:58 PM
I have a ton of TTs laying around in all sizes imaginable, most of the came with bridles I've bought at tack auctions, but none have seen a horse's mouth here. I can't stand them. Thankfully her mouth isn't too big, so a 5.5/5.75" shouldn't be too hard to find.

Is this Weaver a good bit? Shorter curved shanks, not sure if the mouthpiece is what I want.

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    03-28-2012, 03:09 PM
I'm sure it's a fine bit, most of the Weaver stuff is good quality, but it's not something I would want to use just because I don't like the style of it. I despise fixed shanks and I'm not a fan of the super low port unless it seems the horse needs one like that.

But that's just my personal preference .
    03-28-2012, 03:17 PM
Got it, thanks. Any particular style I should be looking for?
    03-28-2012, 06:25 PM
LOL, well, the only problem is, you can look all you want but there just isn't anything available in draft sizes.

When it comes time to order mine, I plan to get one with a mouth similar to this

And shanks similar to this

I might actually have a solid mouth bit in the style that I like hanging in the tack room that will fit him. If I do, my custom bit might get put on hold until this fall.
    03-28-2012, 08:37 PM
What mouthpiece is on her current Myler?

The overall shape you'd want though, is short, swept back shanks, and independent movement on the sides, so you can correct occasionally and give a clear cue.
Whatever mouthpiece you feel would be best, that's up to you.
    03-28-2012, 09:10 PM
I don't see why you need to change bits?
    03-28-2012, 10:30 PM
If the horse's training has progressed to the point where she can be ridden in a curb, why not?

I'm a huge advocate for the snaffle. I honestly believe that most folks (and their horses) would greatly benefit from learning to ride well in the snaffle. I believe that BECAUSE there are not many people to have the knowledge and ability to use the curb bit correctly. I use curbs on all my horses and I see no problem at all with anyone else using one who wants long as they have the knowledge and ability to use it correctly. I believe the OP does.

I know enough about the OP to know that she's got a good head on her shoulders, especially regarding the riding/training of her horses. If she believes that the mare is ready to progress up in her training to a curb bit, then I trust that she's right.
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    03-28-2012, 11:03 PM
Originally Posted by DejaVu    
What mouthpiece is on her current Myler?
Her current snaffle is a jointed snaffle.
Originally Posted by mudpie    
I don't see why you need to change bits?
Along with what smrobs said, I'm planning on showing her 4-H this year, so she needs to be in a curb as she's over 5 y/o.

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