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    03-18-2013, 12:21 PM
Calling all bit gurus

I'm looking for a bit that I want to buy if I can find one. I can't get a picture of it until later this week, unfortunately.

It's a baucher single-jointed bit. It's made of aurigan. The mouthpiece is pretty thick and is hollow. On the mouthpiece, it says "Made in England". I've looked online and can't find anything exactly like it. The top hole is oval, not round, and is closer to the main cheek piece without touching it than what I've seen online.

So, does anyone know what I'm talking about or can anyone find one? The one I used is my trainer's. She said I could use hers until I find one. I've love to find this bit. I'll post a picture later this week if it's needed.
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    03-18-2013, 09:51 PM
Green Broke
It's probably not aurigan, but some other copper alloy. Aurigan is patented by Herm Sprenger, and they only make one single-joint baucher, which is not very thick (15mm). Herm Sprenger Boucher Bit - Horse Bits from SmartPak Equine

I'm interested in seeing what the bit looks like- I'm having trouble picturing it!
    03-21-2013, 10:58 PM
Finally, here are the pictures and measurements. Here's the link to the pictures:

The first picture is the closest to the true color of the bit in the sunlight. The last picture is the "stamp" that's on the bottom of the mouthpiece. For the life of me I can't figure out what it says before "ALLOY" and it's driving me crazy. I just don't know enough details like that about bits to be able to place it. The widest point from the top measures 7/8" across and from the front measures 3/4" across.
    03-22-2013, 01:36 PM
Green Broke
I think it says Nickel Alloy. I can't really tell the coloring well- looks like the whole thing (cheekpieces included) is a light gold color?

It looks like a reasonably standard Baucher bit to me- the shape of the connection to the bridle is a little teardrop-shaped, but I don't think that would have any effect on function. The "shanks" (not the right term, I know) are a little on the short side, but I'm not sure if that would have any appreciable impact or not. Probably the most important thing to match the thickness and single joint of the mouthpiece.

If you have access to calipers, you can measure the thickness (measure right next to the cheekpiece). I'd guess that one's at least 18mm, maybe more.

This one looks very similar except for the material: Toklat Baucher 20mm Snaffle Bit
    03-22-2013, 02:50 PM
Actually I do have calipers! It measured ~22mm across the top and 19mm across the front. Both measurements taken next to the cheekpiece. (and I thought I'd never have a use for my calipers, lol) Yes, it's all a light gold color. It's also a hollow mouth.

I did just find that toklat bit. Is that a good brand? I'm used to buying all of my bits from other people or from Schneider's. I'm really hoping to find an affordable 20mm with a better metal than the typical stainless steel or whatever.
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    03-22-2013, 04:06 PM
I agree with Verona - nickel alloy. Probably means it was made in the 1970s-80s before stainless steel bits became commonplace.

The thing you need to watch with nickel bits is the metal's soft. The joint wears, so you can get sharp edges at the pivot point (easy to file smooth) and also where the cheek runs through the mouthpiece (less easy to file off).

Some horses are (apparently) allergic to nickel but I used a nickel eggbutt for years with no problems.

Hope you can find something similar!

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