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post #1 of 18 Old 07-28-2012, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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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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Measure him and measure tack, then you know what will fit.
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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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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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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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That's okay, I've got it now.
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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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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.

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Sorry, I guess that's just how it is. I measured them all.
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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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