Ooh I love the dressage extensions website and have emailed them about whether they send stuff to Australia and they do! I haven't bought anything off there yet and don't know how much postage would cost.
A french link very similar to a Dr. Bristol, practically identical by the looks of it, and I'm pretty sure I've substituted either for the other in the past. Maybe if you look in the Dr. Bristol catagory you would have better luck finding a thinner version? It just broadens the search, but if you don't feel they are practically the same thing and only want a french link I understand, even be curious what you feel the difference is. I can't totally tell and if you mixed em up in front of me I probably wouldn't know which was which.
As far as I know a Dr. Bristol has a flat link int he middle vs. the rounded link of a french link, and apparently can put pressure on the tongue/roof of the mouth, but i'm sure it's only a small differenc.e I ahve used both and never noticed a difference.
Thanks Boxer, good to know! So that one is definitely in the running.
A true Dr Bristol has a flat, longer, and angled middle piece, which puts more pressure on the tongue (not much on the roof of the mouth). It's meant to be a little "harsher" then a french link, though they're still pretty gentle.
The middle part is supposed to be harsh? Because we have an Argentine curb with one of those and a roller and I always wondered what it did.
No, the middle part activates more nerves, which gives a clearer signal to the horse. The wider Dr Bristol puts more pressure on the tongue than the smaller and more rounded french link. The french link spreads the pressure out evenly to the tongue and bars.