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    03-23-2009, 10:48 AM
Bitting Problems.

I just got a horse and rode him for the first time this weekend. He was great except for the fact that he didn't really give in to the bit well. He's in a simple snaffle curb bit, but I am going to ride him English, so I don't want a curb bit. I don't want to go any harsher if that's possible because I want him to respond to the lightest bit I can. I am also going to be teaching him how to jump and I don't want his mouth to get messed up if I accidently tug on it.

I don't know what the best bit would be for him. I'm thinking a full cheek copper snaffle, but if y'all have others that y'all think would work better, please tell me!
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    03-23-2009, 11:38 AM
A "simple snaffle curb bit" doesn't make sense - as a snaffle bit is any bit that works on direct pressure and a curb is a bit that works on indirect pressure (leverage). I'm guessing you mean a tom thumb western bit which is rather harsh since it has both nutcracker action on the jaw as well as curb action on the poll and back of mouth (curb chain). It is not a snaffle at all but a jointed curb.

As for bits, I always prefer to try three piece snaffles over two piece (or single jointed) ones since the three piece snaffles tend to be softer. Either a french link or a bean link is very mild and easy for the horse to learn to accept from a rider with soft, educated hands. Unless the horse has issues with turning, I'd stay away from the full cheek as there's really no need and some horses don't like the feel of the cheek pieces on their face (some don't mind though and it's certainly not a huge issue). Personally I prefer loose rings best, but an eggbutt is also great as it will not pinch the corners of the horse's mouth and is also quite soft.

Good luck!
    03-23-2009, 03:56 PM
Oh whoops. I'm not really good in the bits department! That's why I need y'all!

He does have some issues with turning, which is why I was thinking full cheek. I was also thinking french link as well when I looked on Dover.

If anyone can find me a full cheek copper french link, I would love you forever!
    03-23-2009, 04:35 PM
Wonderful choice! Full cheeks will help guide your horse with lateral pressure, and a french link or any other double joint (not including a Dr Bristol) will be kinder on your horse's palate and bars.

Here are some bits that I found:
Copper Roller Link Full Cheek Bit
JP Korsteel Full Cheek Copper Ball Link Snaffle Bit
Copper Roller Link Full Cheek Bit, Full Cheek Bits,
    03-23-2009, 05:38 PM
Thanks JDI! Those look like what I need. Do I use bit guards with a full cheek?
    03-23-2009, 07:28 PM
You don't have to.
    03-25-2009, 10:10 AM
Okay! Thanks so much!

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