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post #11 of 18 Old 06-22-2010, 08:46 PM
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If the horse seems uncomfortable even holding the bit, then I generally look for something thinner and less bulky in the mouth. For a horse liek this my bit of choice is a Myler as they have thin, smooth mouthpieces, with copper inlay so it tastesgood, and the barrel prevents any nutcracker action and also prevents it from collapsing too far onto the bars.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-24-2010, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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So I ended up getting a korsteel double jointed bit- I guess it is an "oval" middle piece. If that doesn't work, I'm going to look for something thinner, but the tack shop didn't have anything myler-like in my price range when I was down there, so I suppose I'll look for a used one on ebay or craigslist. If that doesn't work, bitless it is! Thanks all, for your suggestions! Much appreciated.
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So, he definitely has a low palette. There is pretty much zero clearance, even with the double jointed mouthpiece. Next step, skinny bit. . . But, I'm thinking a bitless bridle is going to be the way to go.
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For a low palette generally a thin mullen like a pee wee or a Myler with a really wide barrel to prevent collapsing are the best bets.

Or, of course, bitless as you mentioned.

This the Pee Wee, it's an Australian bit:


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Thanks! What is the degree of severity of a pee wee?
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It is fairly mild, there are lots of mixed opinions on it.

The bars at the side point down and act similar to a full cheek - Assisting lateral aids. The strap doesn't really do anythign except keep it weighted properly. The bit is designed so that when it is 'passive' the horse can hardly feel it because of the weight, thinness, and ergonomic design.

Of course because it is thinner you have to be more aware of your hands.

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post #17 of 18 Old 06-24-2010, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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I'll check it out, thanks!
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-24-2010, 10:07 PM
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If you are in the US it might be hard to get as it's an Australian bit - Have a look on Ebay.

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