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    09-10-2011, 01:50 PM
Bit Question...will try for pics later.

I have a friend who got this bit with a horse she bought. The bit is a 5 1/2 inch. Regular sized horse bit...but it is like metal balls...completely jointed metal balls for the mouth piece. We refer to them as anal beads because it really does look like them. Can anyone help me identify what type of bit this could possibly be? Again it is a completely jointed bit. It goes bead, joint, bead, joint, bead, joint, bead, joint.
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    09-10-2011, 01:56 PM
Is it like this?

This is a waterford bit :p
EDIT: Sorry that picture is hugggeee!
    09-10-2011, 02:04 PM
Kind of. The beading is the same but the outside rings are different, I will try to get a picture up tonight or tomorrow.
    09-10-2011, 02:06 PM
The waterford is the mouthpiece, but the rings can look different.

Dee ring:

Eggbutt rings:

Loose ring:
    09-10-2011, 03:24 PM
The mouth piece is the same as the first picture but the rings are way different.
    09-10-2011, 04:25 PM
Then, the bit you are seeing is a waterford. But, for all sense and purposes, the bit is called a waterford, no matter what the outside rings are.
    09-10-2011, 11:57 PM
If I ever see "anal bead bit" in a catalog, I'll probably pee myself.
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    09-11-2011, 11:54 AM
LOL I know, but we didn't know what it was called and it really looks like anal beads...(not that I have ever seen any in person, thank God) so we refer to them as the horse "Trucker's anal beads" thanks newbhj
    09-11-2011, 11:55 AM
Do you know anything about it? Harshness etc? Is it considered mild/harsh, etc? That would really be helpful.
    09-11-2011, 12:19 PM
It's not mild, but it's not in the same line of severity as say, a thin twisted wire. The balls are smooth, so there's no sharp points to the mouth, it's a softer feel.
The horse has a little more play, and they can position it how they want, since it's so flexible, but it's uncomfortable for the horse to lean or get heavy at all, because of the shape. You'll get less funny business in one, with a horse that's always leaning and pulling.

It's not something I would ride in all the time. Ideally you want them moving softly in a smooth snaffle, but it's fine for a temporary tool, to soften them, and then move them back to a smooth mouthpiece.

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