Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Have you tried using different training exercises to make the mare listen rather than going to a stronger bit? Generally people go to a stronger bit as a "band-aid" solution to a bigger problem.
Kimberwicke: has 2 rein settings for "mild" or "moderate" curb action. I don't like kimberwickes because there is no way to not ride on the curb. There is no rein option where there is no curb action, such as in a pelham - you have two reins in a pelham, and so you ride on the snaffle mostly, then if you need the curb rein, there it is.
Slow twist: Honestly, I don't like any single-jointed bit, as this is. You get crackerjack action on the tongue, and the horse tends to bury it in the tongue to relieve palete action.
Getting to the actual bit you posted... I don't like it at all. It's better than putting a single wire fast twist in, but it's still using sharp edges on the horse's sensitive lips.
Corkscrew: see above.
2 ring elevator: This has the action of a gag bit. It is a double joint, so yay for that. The action of the bit here will have poll pressure when you use your reins, so it is a more severe bit. It doesn't have "curb" action per se, because it doesn't have a curb chain, but it does act slightly like a leverage bit in the fact that it has a bit of purchase and "shank."
I always tell clients to look at the training before going to a more severe bit.
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