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post #261 of 287 Old 07-11-2013, 06:54 PM
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This is wonderful information! We tried a Myler Kimberwick on my new mare (7 y/o Arabian), and she does not care for it. She's very soft in the mouth, and neck reins nicely. She responded to very light reins with this bit but we want to try something else. Her previous owner said she used a Tom Thumb, but I want to try something softer like a Myler Comfort Snaffle.

Thanks for all this information! If anyone has recommendations for me, send 'em my way. I'm not married to Myler, so I'm happy to check out other brands.

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I personally do not like Mylar bits, horses do much better with nice copper mouth that allows the horse to salvitate. The plastic drues out their mouth. Try putting them in your mouth and you will see which feels better.
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I don't think Mylar uses plastic. FWIW, my horses act the same regardless of what kind of metal the bit is made of. I've never seen a difference in salivation between copper bits and stainless steel. That doesn't mean it works that way with all horses, just mine.

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Try putting them in your mouth and you will see which feels better.
That actually is a really good idea. I imagine I won't want any bit, but it would be a good way to see what it feels like on the tongue.

I looked at some Korsteel dee ring snaffles with a french link. Reviews on other places were really good, so hopefully she'll like that one.
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That actually is a really good idea. I imagine I won't want any bit, but it would be a good way to see what it feels like on the tongue.

I looked at some Korsteel dee ring snaffles with a french link. Reviews on other places were really good, so hopefully she'll like that one.
The French link seems to pinch because of the flat area, but some horses r fine with them. Try the bean snaffle, I think you both will like it:)
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The French link seems to pinch because of the flat area, but some horses r fine with them. Try the bean snaffle, I think you both will like it:)
We went with the French link since they didn't have any other options at our local store, and Nahla does great with it.

I couldn't find any good information online, but maybe others know. I took her bit out after our trail ride and it was covered in saliva. Not dripping, but there was foam on it. Thoughts on why this is? She didn't give any indication of being uncomfortable with the bit.
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We went with the French link since they didn't have any other options at our local store, and Nahla does great with it.

I couldn't find any good information online, but maybe others know. I took her bit out after our trail ride and it was covered in saliva. Not dripping, but there was foam on it. Thoughts on why this is? She didn't give any indication of being uncomfortable with the bit.
Saliva is good, it means her mouth is being kept soft. Think of the action gum has to keep your mouth moist, a bit works the same.

Another analogy is to think of babies teething, they rub their gums on something firm and drool. Your horse is doing the same thing.

My horse will be very responsive with a soft hackamore at home, but out in the woods where he is a little more nervous he gets angry at the hackamore and much prefers his bit to play with.

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Eventually I'd like to ride her in a bitless bridle, but she's much too young for that now and much too hot. I'm so pleased how she reacted on our trail ride with the french link snaffle. No pulling, no fuss no muss. Easily rated even when she wanted to canter up the big hill! Silly girl. I'm interested to see how she does when we go for our endurance ride next month. It's going to be much more stimulation.

Glad to see saliva is a good thing. I think she's a happy girl with this new soft bit. She deserves it. I hardly have to tug on the reins to get her to respond. Love that! :)
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Eventually I'd like to ride her in a bitless bridle, but she's much too young for that now and much too hot. I'm so pleased how she reacted on our trail ride with the french link snaffle. No pulling, no fuss no muss. Easily rated even when she wanted to canter up the big hill! Silly girl. I'm interested to see how she does when we go for our endurance ride next month. It's going to be much more stimulation.

Glad to see saliva is a good thing. I think she's a happy girl with this new soft bit. She deserves it. I hardly have to tug on the reins to get her to respond. Love that! :)
I'm glad to hear she was happy with the bit, I've discovered the double jointed bits (like a french link or bean) are much easier on a horse's palate.

Good luck on your endurance ride, please post the details afterwards
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I don't think Mylar uses plastic. FWIW, my horses act the same regardless of what kind of metal the bit is made of. I've never seen a difference in salivation between copper bits and stainless steel. That doesn't mean it works that way with all horses, just mine.
IMO, I've found that young horses seem to learn to work the bit easier with a copper mouth, but I have had no trouble transitioning to a stainless steel bit later. It may just be the way I do things, and maybe the horses would learn either way.
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Very informative, thank you!
I'm curious about some of the bits.. I've never seen any of the "icky mouthpieces" before. I don't even think we have these in my country. Do some people seriously ride with these?
And the “I will hunt you down and torture you if you use these” Mouthpieces.. I'm going to have to assume no one would be cruel enough to use them.. auch :(
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