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post #1 of 9 Old 07-10-2010, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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Bit with a peanut?

I'm having a heck of a time finding out some info on bits with center peanuts.
Anyone have experience with them? Pros? Cons?

This is the biggest picture I can find.


Any info would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-10-2010, 07:38 PM
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A double-jointed snaffle? Those are very mild bits, about the most mild you can get, although they tend to put more pressure on the tongue. They eliminate the "nutcracker effect" you can get with a regular jointed snaffle, when pressure is exerted downwards onto the reins and the jointed end bends and bangs into the top of the mouth. There are a few kinds of double-jointed snaffles, like a french-link, which has a middle piece shaped like a bone, and a Dr. Bristol, which is NOT a mild bit...the center piece is long, flat and slanted so it bites into the tongue. Are you considering using one on your horse?
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It is double jointed but it has a "peanut" over the center link that rolls. I haven't been able to find any info on it excluding the little bit written on the tack store website.

Anyways, I bought one so I guess I'll give you all a review on it once I get to trying it out, lol.
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I've used one in the past, the horse seemed to really like the bit. A thing you have to watch for with plastic bits is wear and tear, so if your horse is a chewer you will be looking to replace the bit fairly often.
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I've used one in the past, the horse seemed to really like the bit. A thing you have to watch for with plastic bits is wear and tear, so if your horse is a chewer you will be looking to replace the bit fairly often.
Hm, didn't think of that! Thanks. I just bought him so I guess I'll have to find out.
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I have been searching for something like that too, but a full cheek with a roller/peanut. None of the tack stores in my area have them , I did find one place on line but havent ordered it yet. It isnt plastic.

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It is double jointed but it has a "peanut" over the center link that rolls. I haven't been able to find any info on it excluding the little bit written on the tack store website.
I tried one (Mikmar Bit Company). I think it's a nice bit, but personally I'm not a fan of it as it keeps horse concentrated on bit rather than on me. Also my horse seemed to like the oval link (Mikmar Bit Company) more. If I'm not mistaking the roller is not allowed in some disciplines (like dressage).
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Well, we'll see how it works I guess!

I'm not too worried about it not being allowed in some disciplines as my boy's only 3 so we won't be doing any showing for quite some time, but thanks for the heads up.
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Oh, I'm sorry, I assumed you were using like a barn name for a double-jointed snaffle. I will be following this thread because I have never heard of a "peanut" bit...all I know is that bits with the rollers on the mouthpieces work great for horses who tend to get tense and resist the bit (it causes them to move their tongue and salivate and relax), but not usually so well for more nervous horses who chomp on the bit anyway, as it can cause them to start head-tossing with all the activity going on in their mouths. Let us know how it works, though!
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