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    06-06-2012, 03:12 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Here you are, Tiny. JJ really likes this bit, for some reason. I tried a rubber wrapped jointed D-ring and he wanted no parts of it, but this bit he thinks is the greatest thing evah!

FES Full Cheek Low Port Correction in Full Cheeks at Schneider Saddlery

It has copper striping on the inside of the bit to encourage salivation.
My appendix uses this same bit Speed Racer :)
I put him in a plain D Ring snaffle just to experiment and he worried it which is his way of saying "hey I don't like this".
Went back to this bit and he goes along like a quiet mouse :) He loves it!
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    06-07-2012, 10:28 AM
Yeah, I don't get it either! I thought I was doing good by putting JJ in a rubber covered jointed snaffle, and he pitched a fit. Go to this, which looks almost like a torture device, and he's a happy boy. Silly beast!

Sorrel, I'll be sure to tell the manufacturers of the bit I'm using that their description is wrong, and they don't know what they're talking about.
    06-07-2012, 12:21 PM
Don't bother SR, I'm sure they've already had floods of complaints

Love the way horses decide on their bits, I now keep an open mind on bit choices, because my ideas don't always agree with my horses views.
    06-07-2012, 12:37 PM
Ain't that the truth, Golden!

Conny was a very happy horse in a simple loose ring jointed snaffle. Casper would run right through a bit like that, and was always chomping and tossing his head. I went to a D-ring French link, and he's much quieter. Well, at least when it comes to his bit!
    06-07-2012, 12:56 PM
Green Broke
I have no clue about what makes a port low/medium/etc so I can't comment on that, but the bit SR posted isn't a curb. It's most definitely a snaffle.

I do like the looks of it, though. Looks like one I'd like to have in my menagerie of bits.

Like I've said many, many times on HF, my all-time favorite bit is a loose ring french link snaffle. However, my own horse hates it. She's happier in a french link Baucher, single jointed copper roller D, or a french link eggbutt, in order of preference.

Horses are definitely individuals!
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    06-07-2012, 01:18 PM
No, it's not a curb; that was my mistake. But it is a full cheek, low port, jointed correction bit.
    06-07-2012, 01:48 PM
I run my FjordX (heavy) in a kimberwick, at my coach's suggestion. I can have the lightest hands with this bit and no more pulling my shoulder out of it's faulty socket, lol! On the trail I use either the kimberwick or a broken medium-port curb with a medium shank. Finding something specific around here can be a real trick. This western bit was available so I thought I'd give it a try and it works just as well as the kimberwick.

I tried all my yummy bits first, loose ring snaffle, french link full cheek... nope. He demands the hardware.
    06-07-2012, 02:20 PM
A correction port isn't actually a low port...

Kinda like how manufacturers advertise Tom Thumbs as "Snaffles"....

But you're free to call it whatever you would like, I can't stop you.
    06-07-2012, 02:29 PM
Lily can get really strong at times, mostly any time you ask for speed. For her it's a training issue first and foremost so I ride her in a loose ring snaffle and work on teaching her to respond to my seat/legs better.
    06-07-2012, 02:55 PM
WhenEVER a horse plows forward in any activity--you said jumping--you need to retrain, instead of re-bit. If she races jumps, make her jump from a trot, steer her away and circle and school, mix it up. ALSO, schooling on the flat would really help your horse. DO TONS of half-halts.
Try halting, waiting for her to square off, then back, then immediately trot off, half-halt back to a walk and circle once in the arena. Change reins and repeat, a total of 5x on each rein.
Try spirals. Ride serpentines where you speed up the turns and slow down the straight lines.
Ride LOTS of figure eights. Collect and extend. Then, halt for 15 minutes.
School with the idea that everything will be unexpected and she won't be able to anticipate the next move.
BTW, I love Pelhams bc they are so versatile. When my horse can be trail ridden on a slack rein, I prefer a Pelham bc it gives me some brakes when I need it. My two Pelhams have are mullen-mouthed and rubber-covered.

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