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post #1 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Bit for TB?

I had an extremely eye opening lesson yesterday on many levels. One thing that came to light was that my horse was guarding himself a bit to the french link bit I had on him. He was not interested in stretching into the contact. she switched to a bit she had and he seemed more comfortable. Problem is, it has sweet iron, so I can't use it for shows.

The trainer recommended a thicker version of the french link. My horse has a big tongue, so I'm not sure if thicker is the way to go. I'm just curious what other Thoroughbred owners are using for bits? The milder and more sensitive bit, the better. Just need some new ideas on what to try.

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 12:20 PM
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I assume rubber and plastic are also illegal?
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post #3 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 12:21 PM
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I have great success with the Myler Bits to be honest. Nelson goes very well in them.

My Buddy's horse, is a TB and he has been having issues with him being mouthy, gapey and high headed - so he wanted to go with a Flash to strap the mouth shut - I suggested going with the Myler bit, a Low Port - and that has helped a lot for the pair.

I have nothing negative to say about the Myler Bit.

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post #4 of 4 Old 06-19-2011, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I tried the Myler bit a few years ago, but it was when I still had no clue about riding and was not riding on contact. I sold mine, but maybe that's worth another look. The only thing I didn't like about the one I had was, if you pulled on both sides of that bit at the same time, the roller piece in the middle could potentially pinch.

Puck's not a mouth gaper or head tosser. We just need him to know that no harm will come by taking contact with the bit. A good part of it is my fault by being too noisy with my hands. Luckily until recently, I rode with my reins too long, so no visible harm was done. This one's more psychological for him to start trusting my hands.

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