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    02-17-2009, 01:50 AM
Bitting Questions

So I am looking at finding the right bit for Diesel. We have his barrel bit, but I don't like to use it for day to day riding.

He is over 5, so per AQHA (and every other show around here rules) western, we have to ride in a shanked bit...I have been using:

He seems to like it fine. However, I am actually wanting to take him back to the basics as I want to transistion over to Dressage. I have been looking at the Myler bits and there are just too many options to choose from.

I decided to place him as a Level 1 on their scale just because we have been having problems lately and I want to go back and fill any gaps he has...Here is what I was thinking:

Level 1: Level One
• Horse has just begun training or has had little training
• Is learning basic gaits, transitions and obedience
• Has begun to “break at the poll”

Or here is the website: Myler Bits USA

So what I was thinking was:

Mouthpiece with D ring snaffles.

I want to go back and work on the basics of collection as I think my trainer has been skipping out on some and just forcing him into frame (videos to come).

Is there something else I should try? He likes to ignore very soft bits, He will flat out refuse to listen to the O Ring snaffle I have tried even when he was at his best. I want something with a bit of bite, but nothing too severe.

Any suggestions as far as English and Western? I know I want something with a linked mouthpiece...but that's about all I know.

Sorry if this post is pretty confusing.
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    02-17-2009, 10:47 AM
I think it's a great decision. Personally, IMO, his barrel bit is harsh. You pair a jointed mouthpiece with a shank and oh boy! Ouch. Perhaps that's why he "doesn't listen" to a softer bit. This Myler snaffle is nice and soft, so use that with more basic foundation training and I think you'll be just fine.
    02-17-2009, 10:56 AM
Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
Personally, IMO, his barrel bit is harsh. You pair a jointed mouthpiece with a shank and oh boy! Ouch. Perhaps that's why he "doesn't listen" to a softer bit.
Have you ever used one? (jointed with shanks?)
    02-17-2009, 11:25 AM
No and I never will. It's basic mechanics, the bit already has a nut cracker action, so pair that with a leverage action and you have much more of a nut cracker action.
    02-17-2009, 12:19 PM
Thanks. That bit isn't his barrel bit. The barrel bit he is actually very soft in and the only time I put any pressure in his mouth is for rating (on top of my seat).
That Greg Darnell bit, imo is not harsh how I use it (One handed, soft hands, etc)

The thing is, I am totally an advocate for going down to a softer bit when there is a problem, but some horses just need a bit more bite in my opinion than a smooth snaffle...I think he is one of them.

Thanks for the response :)
    02-17-2009, 12:39 PM
A bit with more bite can not replace good training, but that's only my opinion.
    02-17-2009, 12:43 PM
I LOVE Muler Bits :) I use them on all my bridles. I was lucky enough to find them at Tack Sales throughout the years and getting them for phenominal prices......but I have every bridle bitted with a Myler Level 1, Comfort Snaffle.

Great Bits :) My TB goes beautifully in them.
    02-17-2009, 12:45 PM
Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
A bit with more bite can not replace good training, but that's only my opinion.
And I have never argued that point.

MIEventer, I was definitely thinking one of the comfort snaffles...what kind of cheek pieces would you recommend on a horse that has the basics but I want to fill in any gaps..?
    02-17-2009, 02:42 PM
I like D Rings and Egg Butts - but I don't know what cheek pieces there are for western.
    02-17-2009, 02:45 PM
I am pretty sure I could use a D ring or Eggbutt in western (At least around the barn when training and stuff.) I know that if I want to show, I have to have a shanked bit but I'm going to avoid that for the moment.

Maybe I will try them both out tonight.

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