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post #1 of 2 Old 10-31-2010, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Bit Question. Which one is gentler?

I have a 3-4 yr old rescue whom I have been working. He is going GREAT in the ring, apparently has had some reining training... He side passes, neck reins, stops great (whoa and breath in and out and he will stop, I dont even have to pull on reins). He was being ridden in this bit..
The Rookie - 336 | Reinsman

But it was my friends bit and its expensive. He is not at her house now, he is back at mine so I tried him in an uxeter kimberwick with a jointed copper mouth piece. I rode him for the first time today in this bit and he did just as well as the reinsman bit. I did not use a curb chain on the kimberwick... If he is going good is there any reason I should use the chain? Advanatage of the longer shanked bit?
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Unless your ultimate goal is to show in reining or some other similar discipline, then there really isn't much advantage to a longer shanked bit. However, I have to advise you to use the chain on any kind of curb bit. It doesn't have to be tight, but the chain does serve a purpose to keep the bit correctly positioned in the horse's mouth and preven the sides from getting flipped (if they are swivel shanks) upward in an extreme circumstance. So long as he responds well in what you are using, then I see no real reason to change it.

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