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post #1 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 03:13 AM Thread Starter
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Question Bit question?

So my new mare has used a bit similar to the first one her whole life and responds really well in it, but I think the twisted part is just too harsh for her mouth.

So my question is, Is the second bit similar or completely different?

Or is there something like the first one but with the mouthpiece of the second one?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 04:45 AM
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Well.. Hm.
Not very familiar with western bits BUT.. I can tell you this.

Bit 2 is different in the fact that it has a fixed mouth piece (which does not allow it to slide in the horses mouth) where bit 1 has a loose ring-type thing going on. Also bit 2 has copper there instead of steel.. That helps with acceptance of the bit. The bottom arm on bit 2 looks like it allows the reins to slip up or down depending on where your hands are more so than bit 1. And then, the obvious twist appears on bit 1.

Basically they are the same, with minor differences. The slow twist on bit 1 is more severe, clearly. All those little twisties do is create pressure points in the mouth, which I usually don't like, but some people (and horses) do.
Hope this helps.
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 04:24 PM
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The mouthiece itself in very similar in shape.

The similarities- same mouthpiece, other than the obvious twist vs. smooth.

Differences- different shank action, and different metal.

It's not too far of a stretch from one to the other, so I think your mare would adjust pretty quickly to the second one, and probably would like the smooth mouth instead of the twisted more.

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post #4 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 06:32 PM
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The first shanks are better shanks--I'd go with those or an Argentine style, rather than the (black) teardrop.

If you want to stick with the Junior Cowhorse, S.S. Junior Cow Horse Roller Dog Bone Gag Bit .



Or you could always wrap your first bit in SealTex to soften it up...if you want to go that way.
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post #5 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 06:34 PM
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I like bubba's bit there!
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The first shanks are better shanks--I'd go with those or an Argentine style, rather than the (black) teardrop.

If you want to stick with the Junior Cowhorse, S.S. Junior Cow Horse Roller Dog Bone Gag Bit .



Or you could always wrap your first bit in SealTex to soften it up...if you want to go that way.

I saw this bit and was going to post it, but the description said something about different pressure points on the tongue. I think I'm going to order one though and try it out.
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That bit doesn't have any more pressure points than 1 or 2. If you want a bit w/o pressure points, go with a mullen mouth or anything unbroken. lol.
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That's what I meant, I didn't know if it was the same as the first and second. I didn't mean I didn't want any pressure points Haha
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It's not a harsh bit. It's a good bit. If you want to be extra nice, use a leather curb instead of a chain.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-05-2011, 07:02 PM
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I personally use the 2nd bit posted on most of my horse's... and never a problem..they and I seem to love it...

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