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    12-18-2008, 10:59 PM
Green Broke
Bit size

I have a 5 1/2" eggbutt snaffle bit that I have been using for Sandie, and the other day my trainer took a close look at it and said it's too big for her (too wide). What size should I go down to -- a 5"?? Here are some photos of her that have close ups of her mouth, I know it may not help at all since it's hard enough to fit the darn things to her mouth, but just thought I'd ask, she's 14.1hh BTW...what size bit does everyone else use?
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    12-19-2008, 12:25 AM
All of my guys (height range from 15.2-15.3) take a 5" bit.

You can measure her mouth to get an idea for fit.

If your trainer meant that the actual bars were too wide, you'd have to go to a thinner bit.
    12-19-2008, 01:26 AM
My old 16h horse and my 15.1h horse both take a 5 1/2'. My 14.1 horse takes about a 5/4 12' I think.
    12-19-2008, 11:20 AM
Green Broke
To find out your horse's size take a piece of dental floss (or string or whatever you have on hand) put it in your horse's mouth like the bit, and mark off from one side of his mouth to the other. Then measure that and that will be his size. If he's in between it's better to be too big then too little. The next size down from a 5.5 is a 5.25 but it depends on how big it is for his mouth. I have a QH pony that's around 14.1 that I use a 5.25 on, he has a fairly wide mouth.
    12-19-2008, 08:11 PM
Measure her mouth. I wouldn't use dental floss -- too fine and also difficult to work with. I have an old garden hose that I cut a chunk off of for this purpose. Just make sure it's clean.
    12-19-2008, 11:54 PM
Green Broke
Thanks everyone! We stuck a pen in her mouth today and measured that! Haha and my trainer says for me to go get a 4 1/2 and a 5" and then just return the one that doesn't fit...wish me luck!
    12-20-2008, 12:18 PM
Green Broke
A 4 1/2 is a PONY bit, a little pony bit... I would get a 4 3/4 instead. Also, when the bit is in her mouth, you should have 1/4-1/2" of bit showing on each side. It's quite common for people to have bits that are actually too small. My husban's hald arab (with a smaller looking nose/mouth) takes a 5" and the horse in my avatar (a 15.2h Appy mare who takes a cob side bridles) need a 5 1/4" or 5 1/2" bit.
    12-20-2008, 01:39 PM
You could start with bit guards and see if that makes your current bit fit ok. Much cheaper than a new bit. ;) It would be easier to tell how much too large her current bit is if you took a pic of her in it.
    12-20-2008, 10:31 PM
Green Broke
I have a 4 3/4 and it works very well for his tiny mouth lol
    12-21-2008, 01:34 PM
Green Broke
I got a 5" and a 4 3/4" to we tried out the 5" and it is much better than the 5 1/2 I had originally! I'll try out the 4 3/4" too at some point just in case, but I think the 5" may be it!!

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