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    01-11-2012, 02:59 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
But I know some people have, say, 5 totally different bits they are using depending on day/mood. So I wonder what's the reason for that.
I'm partially guilty of that. Most of my bits are basically the same in regards to shank length and leverage, but the mouths are shaped differently and I have different diameters. I have a thin sweetwater mouth, a thicker sweetwater mouth, a low port and a high port, all with virtually identical shanks on them. Then, I have one with shorter shanks and a ported myler/billy allen type mouth. Which one I use depends on what I plan to do that day and whichever one the horse seems to like better.

Sometimes I just use a different bit than they are used to to get them used to using different types of bits. When they go home, it is unlikely that their owners will have the same bits that I do so they need to learn to just accept whatever I put on them.
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    01-11-2012, 03:23 PM
Thanks, smrobs. I see your point about getting them used to different ones.
    01-11-2012, 04:05 PM
I've only ever tried 2 bits on my horse. The first one he didn't have any respect for at all.. and when we put him in the thick eggbutt snaffle, he was much better. But one day I want to try him in a Dee ring oval mouth or french link. But for now my trainer wants me staying in this bit because he's finally getting the hang of it :)
    01-12-2012, 07:53 PM
My gelding prefers french links.

He works well in every bit I've put him in, in the sense that he still gave and was fairly soft, but it's just hard to explain...He just wasn't happy. Harder on the warm-up, mouthy, and just not comfortable.

French link-Boom, he's soft, quiet mouthed, and on the bridle right from the start.

I keep the mouthpiece the same for him. My curb and dee are both french links.

Another horse I worked, would react a lot more on different bits, by head tossing, mouth gaping, etc, in everything but a copper roller. He hated everything else.

It takes a while sometimes, but once you figure out their quirks, and put it all together, it's not too hard to find the bit they choose.

As far as using several bits- As I said, my gelding works fairly well in all. He takes very minimal bit pressure, just lots of leg, so the bits really just sitting there. As long as it sits properly in his mouth, he's fine. I currently have a copper roller, both french links, single joint, and myler all on my bridles. Sometimes, I just grab a bridle if ones still in the trailer or whatever.

I don't use separate bits for training purposes, rather then just when I have to, grabbing what's close for a light hack. Any real workout, I'd of course have him in his french link.

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