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post #1 of 23 Old 01-20-2012, 04:18 PM Thread Starter
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Does a fulmer snaffle need bit keepers?

Does a fulmer, like this:




Need bit keepers like a regular full cheek would?

I got one to try out on Lacey just for funnsies and I want to do it right. :)

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post #2 of 23 Old 01-20-2012, 04:20 PM
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Yep, you do.
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Second question, for future reference, why?
Is it because of the long cheek pieces, or some other reason? How do you know what needs bit keepers and what doesn't?

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It's to keep the mouthpiece rotated correctly, prevents the cheeks from getting caught on things and I believe it also stabilizes it a bit.
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I've always heard not to use bit keepers on the Fulmer. No reason was given. In truth, it would depend on the alignment of the mouthpiece, just like a regular full cheek (they are not all designed to be used with keepers, either). Just keep in mind that, if you don't use the keepers, the arm can get hooked on things and cause big accidents. Prevention and awareness are key!
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Tnavas said she always uses bit keepers on her fulmers.
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Nooo, I have one on my pony with no keepers - it's fine, just don't let it get hooked on anything!! And for reference - it REALLY pokes hard if your horse is kinda bolshy, so watch yourself! :)
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Aside from the arm issue, the rings are loose & can therefore pinch the corners of the lips, right?
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Not with that configuration of full cheek. Built-in bit guards.
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Thank you, & if one can see them in pic, please point out. Or is it that the lips rest inside the arms, so the rings, set outside, are unable to reach to pinch?
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