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post #1 of 6 Old 03-11-2013, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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Which bit should I start my horse in?

I have a 6 year old green broke mare, she's only had 5 or 6 rides on her.
I'm going to start riding her in about two weeks and am tack shopping for her... what kind of bit, out of the two, should I start her with?

A regular snaffle bit or a french link snaffle bit?

Or does it matter?

Thanks! :)
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-11-2013, 02:10 PM
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Depends on your horse. My gelding hates a regular single-joint snaffle, but loves a nice French link. I've known horses that were the opposite. I'd probably go with the French link, just because it tends to be a milder bit.
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I'd say French link too. Its a bit "nicer", not by a lot though. Bits all go by horses preference, one horse will love rollers, another won't. One horse may like a single joint, the other might like two. If he likes the loose ring French link keep it, if not try to borrow friends bits or pick up some cheap snaffles at a tack swap.
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I would suggest a french link as it doesn't have the amount of "nutcracker" action a regular snaffle can. You don't want to make him afraid of the bit right from the get go! Best of luck!

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OK! I tried bitting her but she's really shy with it. Any advice for sweetening up or making a bit taste good and look appealing? :)
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It is really a personal preference...we start all our colts in a smooth single joint snaffle.

And she probably just isn't used to the bit...we put the bit on our young horses whenever we are doing something with them. Especially the ones that aren't partial to the bit yet.

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