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    07-28-2012, 07:05 PM
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Curb bit and bridle sizing

I have a 15.3 hand Quarter horse with quite a big head and even bigger muzzle. I am currently using on him a full sized English bridle and 5" eggbutt snaffle bit; everythings fits great. But I have a much harder time when it comes to western tack. All the western bridles we have don't fit him; the browbands and throatlatches are too small. Also our 5" curb bits are too narrow for his mouth. I know that these bridles and bits are the standard size and fit many horses, but not mine. What type of bridle should I look for to fit him? Would a 5 1/2" bit work?
     
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    07-31-2012, 03:09 PM
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Anyone?
     
    07-31-2012, 03:24 PM
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Green Broke
Measure him and measure tack, then you know what will fit.
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    07-31-2012, 03:47 PM
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Green Broke
There's no reason I know of that a 5" eggbutt would fit him, but a 5" curb wouldn't. Have you measured both bits and your horse's mouth to make sure they're actually the size you think they are?
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    08-03-2012, 10:53 AM
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I measured the snaffle and one of our curbs-both 5 1/4 inches. The snaffle is fine but the curb is too narrow. I just got a 5 1/2 inch curb and it fits perfectly. I also found a one ear bridle with no throat latch that works too.
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    08-03-2012, 02:06 PM
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Green Broke
Can you provide pictures of the three bits? I just can't imagine how the same size bit would change fit depending on what the ring or shanks looked like. Unless it's a loose ring snaffle in which case the snaffle would be too small compared to the curb. Loose ring tends to need to be wider so it doesn't pinch the horse.
     
    08-03-2012, 06:09 PM
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That's okay, I've got it now.
     
    08-04-2012, 03:36 AM
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Originally Posted by poppy1356    
Can you provide pictures of the three bits? I just can't imagine how the same size bit would change fit depending on what the ring or shanks looked like. Unless it's a loose ring snaffle in which case the snaffle would be too small compared to the curb. Loose ring tends to need to be wider so it doesn't pinch the horse.
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Originally Posted by howrsegirl123    
That's okay, I've got it now.
I think poppy is right about this...
I don't see how there is any way that a 5" snaffle fist when a 5" curb doesn't. I'm concerned that your snaffle is too small, and hope you'll check it, or have someone else take a second look.
     
    08-04-2012, 10:51 AM
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Sorry, I guess that's just how it is. I measured them all.
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    08-05-2012, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by howrsegirl123    
Sorry, I guess that's just how it is. I measured them all.
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Your horse's mouth either wears a 5" or a 5 1/2" bit properly, not both. It is not physically possible.
If a snaffle is a bit too wide, it can work, and sometimes it is better when it is, such as with a loose ring snaffle (to avoid pinching.)
A curb however, does need to fit true to size, and properly.
What you're saying is that a snaffle, that is smaller than a supposedly properly fitting curb, fits your horse correctly; this is not possible.
What is possible however, is that your curb is either too wide, or your snaffle is too narrow.
Your horse's jaw does not defy physics.
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