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    10-04-2010, 04:39 PM
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I know there is a sticky on bits but to be honost and not to sound mean, obnoxious or harsh but I don't care. It doesn't give me the information I'm looking for because what I want comes from peoples personal experiences and knowledge.

This question is probably more aimed at the breed show folks (such as AQHA and APHA) so here go's... I'm fairly soft in my hands, I use a port with a shank for western pleasure and a correction bit english.
FES Low Port With Copper Rollers 5" in D-Rings at Schneider Saddlery
I got a little heavy handed at the last show (not sure why) so I'm going back to my snaffle at home for both english and western but I'm looking for something to switch to, especially for english.

I would prefer to go completely to the snaffle and I think I can with time. But in the meantime, I was thinking about something more like this:
Myler Dee Low Port Comfort Snaffle in D-Rings at Schneider Saddlery
Although, I'm not sure how you know if it's legal? This one looks better to me. Is it?
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    10-04-2010, 04:44 PM
I have a bitless it realy helps my horse. It teaches the riding to be better in he/r body so that's what I would recomend
    10-04-2010, 04:44 PM
I have browsed the other thread and I don't think it even has information on these specific bits. You're right, the Mylar bit is much nicer; I didn't know english bits even came in a correction port.
    10-04-2010, 04:51 PM
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I only use that bit because it's what my trainer put me in. I know that's a really bad excuse but that's my excuse. I have a slow twist that I use at home, especially when I feel like I'm getting heavy handed. I sometimes get that way when I'm trying for impulsion, I go to that "get his head down" frame of mind and I completely forget to use my leg and then can't figure out what my problem is.

I think he'll ride in a milder bit. I really do. I am curious if I could just put him in a plain old snaffle......
    10-04-2010, 04:57 PM
A plain ol' snaffle will show you both exactly where the holes are in your training so you can get away from the 'head down now!' thought pattern.
    10-04-2010, 05:00 PM
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I'm scared to find out where the holes are in my training. I'm certain it's 98% me. I worked so hard to prepare for this weekends show and then I just completely blew it. I don't know what got into me. I'm waiting for the pictures so I can post a critique. I even blew my eq class. It's one of those "I suck" moments.
    10-04-2010, 05:10 PM
We all have those moments, and I have them way more often than I'd like to admit. Being a jumper, I used to use 'big' bits and I still have a pretty nasty looking thin twisted wire- I keep it to remind me of the rider I used to be, and the one I am now; I'm much prouder of the rider I am now. My point is that yea, it will be scary, and yea you're going to feel like you suck for a while. I sure as heck did! I felt like a beginner again, and that was quite a hit to my [inflated] ego. I caved a few times and put my big bits back in because I missed feeling like the rider I thought I was, then I'd feel guilty and shame myself back to the snaffle, and feel like crap twice over. I admit I got frustrated and too 'handsy' on more than one occasion. I'm still on the road to recovery, so to speak, and it isn't easy, but ****it, it's worth it.
    10-04-2010, 05:14 PM
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I was watching the "big" riders this weekend and although a few had the big bits, most were in simple snaffles.
    10-05-2010, 07:58 AM
I use this one on my qh Mikmar Bit Company , and she likes it over everything (it also comes in D-ring). I tried Myler bit you mention, and she didn't like it for some reason.
    10-05-2010, 10:17 AM
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Do you think that's legal for AQHA? I actually have one very similar to that I use on my hunt horse...?

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