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post #1 of 10 Old 05-15-2013, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Bit Size Help

I just recently acquired a new mare (who is a BIG gal) & like a goof assumed every horse fits into a 5" or maybe I was hopeful seeing as I've got tons of 5" D Ring snaffles around the barn. Anyway. Doesn't fit. Now it's not SUPER small where it's coming into her mouth or anything but the bars of the rings are very close to the side of her mouth. Now I feel as though a 5.5" might be too big. Yet I know nothing about the sizes inbetween - never had to use them. Anyone got suggestions? I'll try to get pictures tomorrow of how close the rings are. I also was going to take a wood rod & use that to mark what size she is but couldn't find the one I use I'm not looking for hard & fast answers. I'll assume I'm gonna have to try a few before finding the right size. But a ballpark would be nice.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 08:54 AM
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I just recently acquired a new mare (who is a BIG gal) & like a goof assumed every horse fits into a 5" or maybe I was hopeful seeing as I've got tons of 5" D Ring snaffles around the barn. Anyway. Doesn't fit. Now it's not SUPER small where it's coming into her mouth or anything but the bars of the rings are very close to the side of her mouth. Now I feel as though a 5.5" might be too big. Yet I know nothing about the sizes inbetween - never had to use them. Anyone got suggestions? I'll try to get pictures tomorrow of how close the rings are. I also was going to take a wood rod & use that to mark what size she is but couldn't find the one I use I'm not looking for hard & fast answers. I'll assume I'm gonna have to try a few before finding the right size. But a ballpark would be nice.
Hehe.... My small qh goes in 5 1/4".

Take a stick (or a pencil), stick in your horse's mouth, and put marks on both corners of the mouth. After that add 1/4" to what you measured.

Here is some reading: http://www.doversaddlery.com/images/...ure%20Bits.pdf

BTW, while 5" and 5 1/2" are standard, not every brand comes in 5 1/4" (I had hard time to find combination I want that size). Good luck!

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post #3 of 10 Old 05-16-2013, 01:08 PM
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I used to lease a horse that used a 5-1/4" bit, and I can attest that you can find them, but it's not always easy Of course, I later leased a horse that needed a 5-3/4" bit, and that is probably even harder to find, but I lucked out and found a KK Ultra in that size in the consignment section of my local tack store!
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A lot of modern bits are actually metric sizes rather than imperial. 135mm equates to 5 1/4 in but because the former is slightly larger than the latter in real terms I've occasionally had these supplied as 5 1/2 in.

The best thing to do is look for a 135mm bit, or take a tape measure next time you visit a tack store :)

PS. 5 1/2 in is pretty typical 16.2hh Warmblood/draught/TB cross. 6 in is big ;)

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post #5 of 10 Old 05-17-2013, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help everyone! Really useful information I'll try to measure her tonight & see what she comes out as.
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-20-2013, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Well I decided to order this bit from Dover in a 5 1/2:

Ovation? Elite Center Oval King Dee Bit | Dover Saddlery

I know when I ordered my gelding a 5" french link it didn't fit him correctly by about a 1/4in even though he normally rides in a 5" so did that with this bit ANNNND I'm pretty sure they sent me a 5in. It's marked on the bit as a five & when I held it up to the bit I originally tried on her - same size. Ugh. At least I took pictures...
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Sorry for the photo quality. She wasn't the most excited model in the world...
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I have a brand new 5.5" JP Korsteel Hunter D with an oval link (still has the tags) if you are interested. It has the curved bars and seems to fit smaller than a normal 5.5". I also have a 5.25" d-ring but its in the old england style never rust bit. I know I have more if you would like me to "dig" threw all of them I would be happy to as I have to get pictures anyway.

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Oh sorry, I didnt see where you already ordered one.

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-20-2013, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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I might still take you up on it depending on how this 5.5 fits. WHEN it comes in *sigh*
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