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    04-28-2012, 11:29 PM
Bit for switching to English

I've decided to start riding my horse english. Her conformation and way of going are much more english than western and I don't know how to get her to jog instead of trot etc. so Im just going to switch. Anyway I was wondering what type of bit to use. Currently we use a tom thumb bit like is pictured. I know you don't use bits with shanks for english, so I was wondering what is a similar type english bit to use. Links to examples or pictures would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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    04-28-2012, 11:37 PM
Well if your horse like going in that, he will tolerate a eggbutt snaffle possibly with a frenchlink. A very mild horse friendly bit I have found.
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    04-29-2012, 01:16 AM
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These are all snaffles. You would use a snaffle. NOne of these above have any leverage, such as the Tom Thumb had.

The below bit has some leverage. It's called a Kimberwick

    04-29-2012, 11:24 AM
If you're showing in hunters or jumpers and want something with leverage you could try what's called a pelham:

They can be fairly strong though. I use an eggbutt snaffle with a lozenge piece on my guy, who has a very sensitive soft mouth and a low palate. He loves it! So far we've been able to do some dressage and show jumping in it. I would be able to use this in just about any English discipline.

Hope that helps!
    04-29-2012, 11:30 AM
This one has the same mouthpiece-Korsteel Jointed Copper/ Steel Roller Dee - Copper/Aurigan Mouth from SmartPak Equine

JP Korsteel Hunter Dee - Copper Oval Link - D-Rings from SmartPak Equine

JP Korsteel Hunter Dee - D-Rings from SmartPak Equine

JP Copper Ball Link Full Cheek Bit | Dover Saddlery
    04-29-2012, 12:28 PM
Thanks so much everyone! I think I am going to try to find one with the same mouthpiece. Any reccomendations on D ring or eggbut? What is the difference?
    04-29-2012, 08:20 PM
Not really much different. My coach says she thinks the eggbutts a little more comfortable for the horse, but there isn't any real difference. I don't have any personal experience to back that up though. If you plan on showing hunters, I'd say D-ring. If you wanna go the dressage route, go eggbutt. :) That's just my opinion!
    04-29-2012, 08:40 PM
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Also, just be forewarned that there may be a little bit of a learning curve for your horse so don't be worried or stressed if he doesn't respond to it well the first few rides or so. Going from a curb style (especially a tom thumb) to a snaffle for a horse is about the same as us switching to a different yet similar language. We may get the gist of part of what is said, but not everything... Same thing for your horse as your cues will feel very different to your horse.

Be patient and I suggest a trainer's help getting the horse used to it.
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    04-29-2012, 10:51 PM
Thanks again, I will probably go with D ring then because we are for sure not going the dressage route. I am sure to be patient with her and I hope she does well, but I do plan to take a few lessons to help jog my memory on english riding as well as get tips on how to work with her more. Heres to hoping our english transition goes well!
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