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post #1 of 13 Old 07-10-2011, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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Bit for a horse who has a low palate and thick gums ?

I have a small quarter horse mare that has a low palate (thick tongue) and thick gums . She does NOT like single joint snaffles . For example, she'll push on the bit and almost yanking the reins out of my hands , she gets her tongue over the bit also , and she just doesn't like tongue pressure.

At my friends house (before I got her as a Christmas gift) ,she rode her in a long shank curb bit once (only time she rode her ) and she did wonderful in it . And the previous owners (not friend) they used a Tom Thumb (ick!) .

She is a trail horse, maybe a Competitive trail horse ,and just going to be all round .

My current bit is too small ( 4 3/4'' full cheek snaffle single joint ). Lesson learned on that needs to be at least 1/4 ''-1/8'' showing on the sides.

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I have a small quarter horse mare that has a low palate (thick tongue) and thick gums . She does NOT like single joint snaffles . For example, she'll push on the bit and almost yanking the reins out of my hands , she gets her tongue over the bit also , and she just doesn't like tongue pressure.

At my friends house (before I got her as a Christmas gift) ,she rode her in a long shank curb bit once (only time she rode her ) and she did wonderful in it . And the previous owners (not friend) they used a Tom Thumb (ick!) .

She is a trail horse, maybe a Competitive trail horse ,and just going to be all round .

My current bit is too small ( 4 3/4'' full cheek snaffle single joint ). Lesson learned on that needs to be at least 1/4 ''-1/8'' showing on the sides.
Mylar makes some really nice bits that can give you tongue relief. You can do some reasearch on their site or call them and they will make some suggestion as level of training is important also
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Maybe she'd like a mullen mouth shanked bit? Does she neck rein?

I saw this bit on a Tenn. Walker horse the other day. She said that horse had trouble with any jointed snaffle.

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post #4 of 13 Old 07-10-2011, 06:51 PM
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I'd say KK Ultra with oval link in middle. Although whatever you decide on I'd suggest to ask around if you could borrow one to try (as Myler, KK Ultra, etc. are pricey).

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She mostly does direct rein ,but neck reins a little . We are working on necking more and moving off of legs more .

I don't know about mullem shanked bit . I may have to try one .

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What about this Myler bit? The port is almost the same mouth piece as the curb my friend used on her .



I'll see about the Imus bit also. Lol

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Well, I've hardly ever met a horse that did not go nicely in the KK ultra French link (my go to bit). Get one with a thinner diameter moutpiece.
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I can't afford a KK Ultra Snaffle . :( I afford a used Myler or Imus bit though.

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We have had two like that, one with a fleshy tongue and low palate, one with fleshy gums. Both went best in a level one myler snaffle. Never tried the ported mylers so no help on that front.
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-11-2011, 12:07 AM
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You could try a waterford. I have no experience with them myself but I heard they're good for horses with shallow palate, but are not to be yanked on, as with any bit.
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