Bit for horse with very small palate? - The Horse Forum

 1Likes
  • 1 Post By Cat
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 2,355
• Horses: 2
Exclamation Bit for horse with very small palate?

Casey I have discovered has a very low palate. And, none of the bits I have used have actually fitted apparently, and I feel awful about it. The joint and/or the sides of the bit near the cheek piece were to wide and thick and pressed up on her mouth. I tried my herm sprenger loose ring snaffle, kimberwicke, copper egg-butt, and full cheek snaffle, which is all of my bits I could find. They all have one joint. I am going to try and dig out my kimberwicke high port, but I doubt that will fit.. So bitless until I can find a bit that fits! Any recommendations? She is a 4 3/4 bit size, but I suppose if the bit only came in 5 inch I could put my bit guards on it..

Before I get any comments on how much of an idiot I am.. I know what I did wrong and I can't go back to day one and fix it... Thanks

Oh yeah, I only use a bit 1-2 times a week when I do dressage or if Casey is being.. Casey. I would like some sort of snaffle, and I don't really want to use the thinnest bit out there.. Lol.. What about a french link snaffle anyone tried that for the low palated horses?

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
caseymyhorserocks is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 2,355
• Horses: 2
Hmm.. Googled it, this one seemed to be recommended a lot-
BIT
I have always wanted to try Casey in a bit with a roller.

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
caseymyhorserocks is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 10:55 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,207
• Horses: 2
I don't have experience fitting a horse with a low palate, but I just wanted to say that the Myler bits are very nice quality. I am a big fan.
trailhorserider is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 11:08 PM
Cat
Green Broke
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: South of No-where
Posts: 2,693
• Horses: 4
I have a horse with a low palate and he does well in most low ports, arched mullen mouths, and bits similar to that snaffle you posted with a roller in the middle and both sides move independently. His current curb is like that with just a bit of a port to it for tongue relief and he is doing very well with it.
Wallaby likes this.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

Cat is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
Started
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 2,355
• Horses: 2
Ok, thanks guys. I just ordered the myler bit I posted. Hope it goes well with the rollers, I don't think Casey has ever had them on her.

“Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who get off their ass and do anything to make it happen.” - Unknown
caseymyhorserocks is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 04-09-2012, 11:38 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,011
• Horses: 24
I think that bit will work well for a horse with a low palate. The diameter seems to be relatively small without bordering on harsh and it's got the barrel mouth so no nutcracker action.

Nice bit, I hope it works for you.

As I was reading the thread, my first thought was a mullen type mouth.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #7 of 8 Old 04-10-2012, 12:11 AM
Trained
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Arizona
Posts: 5,207
• Horses: 2
The roller on the Myler's isn't like a typical roller. It's more firm. It's not for the horse to play with but rather to cover the joint in the snaffle. Some of them do have rollers, but they look like this:

http://images.countryoutfitter.com/i...jpg?1313701962

I don't think you have to worry about her playing with the roller because it isn't as loose as a typical roller.
trailhorserider is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 04-10-2012, 05:34 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 223
• Horses: 1
If you end up getting that one and it doesn't work, I'd recommend a french link bit with a lozenge instead of a normal flat link. The cheekpieces depend on what your horsie likes. :) I had the same issue as you did with my gelding. Tried him in a couple single-joints (D-ring, eggbutt) and he was definitely not happy. Tried a regular french link loose ring, and he liked it a lot better, but it still wasn't perfect. Found a eggbutt snaffle with a lozenge joint instead of a regular one, and he has never been better! He really seems to love the nice round shape of it, and he prefers the fixed cheekpieces too.

Mine looks exactly like this one, except mine doesn't have the copper middle piece:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...DL._AA300_.jpg
SionTheMonster is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Name for small horse barn? KaleylovesCharm Horse Talk 8 03-04-2012 09:09 PM
Small Quarter horse? racheld90 Horse Health 13 12-23-2011 07:11 PM
Bit for a horse who has a low palate and thick gums ? GoWithTheFlow Horse Tack and Equipment 12 07-12-2011 03:46 PM
Am I crazy for looking at this horse? How small is too small? poultrygirl Horse Talk 8 06-03-2011 12:31 AM
Buy a Pony or a small horse? stacieandtheboys Horse Talk 32 01-08-2009 05:30 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome