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post #1 of 3 Old 06-21-2012, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Changing bits?

Just a bit of backround for anyone who may of forgotten or doesn't yet know- Sour (the mare in question) is a four year old miniature horse. She has been started to driving lightly and has about 18 'rides' on her. She now confidently and quietly performs basic maneuvers. We're still working on getting her to really power herself off of her haunches, but thats more of a matter of muscle building than anything else.

I'm currently driving her in a single jointed half-cheek copper and nickle (fairly cheap) bit. She doesnt necessarily seem to mind it, and doesn't play with it or evade it, but I'm just not really happy with how it feels and am looking for a higher quality bit anyways. I'm hoping to find something in the $25-40 range and since I'm not a huge fan of the mechanics of the type of bit she's using, I figured that I would see what you guys had to say. I'd like something gentle (she's very soft and supple and I'd like to keep her that way) but designed for driving . Thanks guys!

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Well... I don't think you need a bit designed specifically for driving. I mean, I can use a half cheek for riding. Just because it's traditionally used for driving doesn't mean I can't use it to ride in, or that it doesn't work as well.
Why not try a different mouthpiece? See how a french link works for you. I personally prefer Myler bits because the mouthpiece is smooth, but a cheaper one would work. Make sure it isn't a Dr. Bristol. It looks similiar, but french links are 'dog bone' shaped while Dr. Bristols are rectangular.
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The reason that I want a bit specifically designed for driving is because driving uses a lot more hand aids than riding does, and I want something that works smoothly, efficiently, and isn't going to get pulled through or give mixed signals when I'm asking for transitioins, turning, etc.

I ride in a full cheek snaffle on one of our mares who has a tendancy to gape, and I think its fine. I just don't want to use something that might mess up the work I've done with Sour on the bit by using an incorrect bit. If other people drive in it and recommend it to me and can give me a reason that it is a good bit to drive in, I'll be open to try it. Otherwise though, I'd like to stick with something designed specifically for what I do.

I looked at the french link for driving and I've ridden in one a few times. Does anyone else have information/suggestions on it or another bit?

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