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        06-03-2010, 08:02 PM
    Bit Questions

    I have Jerry in a smooth mouth, full cheek, snaffle (English riding). He seems to respond pretty well to it, but I had some questions about all the other options.

    1. Ring Style and Cheek Pieces...
    -How is a D-Ring different from a full cheek control wise? Does it allow the rider more control over the horse?
    -Same for loose ring bits... do they allow more rider control?

    2. Joints...
    -Are French links or other bits like them better than say a regular single joint snaffle? DO they offer more control? Would you recommend them?

    3. Twisted Mouths...
    -I don't want to hurt my horse, and he's doing fine in a smooth mouth, so I just thought I would ask and see all the opinions on twisted mouth bits. I know that some are more severe than others, my friend rides in a slow twisting bit and her horse is quite happy in it, so I don't see a problem with slow twisting ones, but the severe ones and wire bits are unnecessary. What do you think?
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        06-03-2010, 08:16 PM
    Here is a link to a very good sticky in this section that will answer most of your questions.

    Bit Information (Snaffle and English-Type Bits)

    Though as far as twisted bits go, they only belong on a horse with serious training issues and being used by a rider that has the hands and knowledge to use them properly. If your guy goes well in a smooth bit, there is no reason to change that.

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