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post #1 of 5 Old 10-05-2010, 05:52 PM Thread Starter
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Does this amazing bit exist?

I just thought of this the other day. There's no such thing as a bit that has less than a 1:1 ratio of pressure, is there? I was thinking about this as I saw a small child yank and yank and yank on a poor school horse's mouth, when she needs little or no rein to stop. Poor girl was gaping at the mouth, too.

I'm pretty sure it doesn't, but if I does I really want to know about it!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-05-2010, 06:00 PM
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A thicker mouth piece will help spread the pressure, so it's less severe. A rubber bit is also more gentle than metal. In both cases, the horse's mouth has to have the room to comfortably accomodate the thicker bit.

Another option would be to use a bitless alternative, such as a side pull, halter w/clip reins, or cross-under style bridle.

If the child were in my program, she would not be allowed to yank on the pony's mouth more than once...
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-08-2010, 02:04 AM
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A bit with less than 1:1? YES!
It's called a bitless, as the last poster mentioned, and works very well. I suggest a padded sidepull such as this one Google Image Result for

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Yeah, the kids get yelled at for pulling. Then they do it again. They get yelled at again. It's kinda bothersome.
The trainer is very much against using a bitless for this horse because she was a very long time ago a racehorse, and will every once in a while charge this one horse that continually tries to establish dominance over.
I'm thinking thicker is good. I may recommend it as a new bit.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-09-2010, 04:58 PM
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Bitless still has a 1:1 ratio, it just puts the pressure on the nose instead of the mouth, which for some horses can be far more uncomfortable when being yanked on.

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