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post #1 of 14 Old 02-10-2012, 01:06 AM Thread Starter
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Bits for a super sensitive mouth?? (wonder bit??)

Recently after starting lessons, my instructor and my mom pointed out to me that my horse is VERY sensitive to pressure. just lightly tugging gets her to turn imediatly. right now im using a broken tom thumb that has sweet bit(some kind of black stuff painted that supposedly makes it tastes better??) sometimes o just ride her with my reins clipped on her halter, becuase somedays she really does not like having that bit.

ive been considering using my sisters broken d-ring bit? or im willing to purchase a new bit if its not to pricey. i ride western, mostly trail and ground work with poles. or if just the halter sounds fine to anyone??

(ive heard about something called a "wonder bit"?? but mostly that its a super harsh bit, any opinnions?)
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If she's that soft mouthed, then she would likely be much happier in a regular snaffle than she is in the tom thumb. Generally speaking, a tom thumb isn't a very good bit. The mechanics of it are just all bad, it has a very abrupt action, and the combination of shanks and a broken mouth can be very harsh.

Before I make any bit suggestions, do you neck rein or direct rein?
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I agree with the later. I would try a smooth o ring snaffle, if she is really that light.

I am not a fan of the tom thumb or the wonder bit.
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I agree as well,I always use and will always use a split snaffle bit 3" rings (one fold) never needed any more bit then that,(plus i like the look) and he dont need bling. Stay away from the gimmick biits that say there the cure all (T/T,Wounder bit) and things like that.
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ride her in a sanffle, the wonder bit is basically a tomb thumb with a delayed reaction. alotof people put them down. I have no idea. There sure seems to be tons of them out there though. Seems like if they were all bad they wouldnt be so common.
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-10-2012, 02:51 PM
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Originally Posted by lindy9318 View Post
Recently after starting lessons, my instructor and my mom pointed out to me that my horse is VERY sensitive to pressure. just lightly tugging gets her to turn imediatly.
Have you tried just riding her off your seat and legs?

Ideally the bit should be a back up cue.
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I bring a WonderBit with my when I go ride unknown horses. The reason I like it is that is can serve as a snaffle or a very mild gag depending on where I place the reins.

When it works, very soft mouthed, responsive horses, I like the French link snaffle.

Can you borrow some different bits to try before buying?
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i use the french link (3 piece) snaffle bits.
(except on one horse that i use bitless)

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post #9 of 14 Old 02-11-2012, 05:09 AM
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We always use a 3 piece french link with a losenge in the middle.

There will be Myler bit that suits, but they are never cheap. Look up their website and ask for their advice - that's free.

The blackened bit is designed to encourage the horse to salivate and thereby produce natural foamy saliver as a lubrication. If the horse doesn't salivate try wiping some toothpaste on the bit and see what happens. Paste won't harm the horse - some even like the peppermint taste

I used to ride my Palomino who was ridden both western and english in an english bridle and a simple snaffle.

PS Are your hands soft and still??? If they jerk a bit, tie a shoelace across the pommel and loop the thumb underneath the tie.
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-19-2012, 04:20 PM
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My WP gelding has a super sensitive mouth, he even would get angry with a d-ring snaffle. Then my riding instructor at college suggested a chain mouth wonder gag. It has personally been the best bit I have ever bought. It has the gag action but it doesn't have a harsh mouth piece. i love chain mouth bits but you have to know what your doing because they can be used badly. My gelding is now so incredibly soft in the mouth and can show in a correction at the AQHA shows. He is like a new horse!
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