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    12-28-2012, 11:45 AM
  #1
Foal
Dogbone western bit?

Hi everyone!
I have a 7yr-old bay QH gelding who hasn't been going in his bit very well lately. As soon as I put it in his mouth he chews on it and opens his mouth (like he's yawning). He fights it a bit at the beginning of a ride, but once we start working he usually settles down and accepts the bit pretty well. (He doesn't fight/toss his head as much)
However, I still think I could use a little better quality bit. I currently ride in a Tom Thumb, always have. It was the bit my first trainer recommended, and I never really tried out others.

My gelding needs something to keep him busy, especially his mouth. At times he borderlines being mouthy, but most times he just gets bored easily and needs something to play with. I'm considering getting a roller, what do you think?

Also, I will be purchasing bit guards, do they take any width off the bit? I recently had a trainer suggest I get a 5 1/2in for him, will that be wide enough with the bit guards? (Reinsman Easy Button Bit Guard)

These are the two bits I was looking at.. would you recommend either one?
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    12-28-2012, 12:09 PM
  #2
Ink
Weanling
Tom thumbs are typically not the bet bit to use. You may want to try something along the lines of this:
Western AT Silver Argentine Dog Bone Bit - Horse.com
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    12-29-2012, 12:52 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Bit guards do require there to be some extra room in the bit, the exact amount wider depends on how thick the bit guards are and how much wiggle room your horse already has in the bit.

Have you tried a non-jointed bit with him? Like this one?
     
    12-29-2012, 10:36 AM
  #4
Ink
Weanling
Yes non-jointed might work. Or even something with more of a billy allen mouthpiece might suit him better:




With bits it's mostly just a game of trial an error until you find what the horse likes.
     
    12-29-2012, 07:21 PM
  #5
Foal
I have tried a nonjointed actually, I believe it's a low port western curb. It's the same as the one you posted, except it doesn't have the roller. I have a feeling it was too narrow for his mouth, it didn't seem to be any better.

I'm in a 5in right now and the person who suggested a dogbone (a vet/trainer) said she would go with a 5 1/2.
I'm having a hard time finding a 5.5in online, though.. on horse.com and whatnot they tend to be 5in mouths.
     
    12-30-2012, 12:04 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by kelseyxroxy    
I'm having a hard time finding a 5.5in online, though.. on horse.com and whatnot they tend to be 5in mouths.
Haha, I noticed that, too. I always assumed having a 5" mouth was a prerequisite for being a Western horse based off the bit selection
     
    12-30-2012, 02:44 PM
  #7
Foal
XD I'm hoping to start English with this gelding this spring/summer though, so perhaps I'll be able to find a 5 1/2'' english bit more easily, haha
     

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