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    04-25-2009, 09:04 AM
Double Jointed Bits

So a dressage guy I just started taking lessons with pointed out something magical today. He said he doesn't think my horse likes the pressure on his tongue that my single jointed eggbutt was doing and that is probably why he chomps so much and attempts to stick his tongue out. So he suggested I try a double jointed bit as it would relieve pressure off the tongue. I have also ridden him in a slow twist single dee bit and a mullen mouth eggbutt with the same results, but I don't believe I have ever tried a double jointed bit.

So I was wondering what peoples opinions are on this, if they have experienced such a situation and finally what is a good bit to invest in?

My horse is very responsive and does not need anything harsh. He is a 17hh Appendix Hunter. Any help would be great.
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    04-25-2009, 09:19 AM
Welcome to the forum bp.

A double joined bit, such as a French Link, is a good alternative to a single joined. Many horses who are mouthy or toss their heads do better with that change. BTW, a slow twist is not really a mild bit and if your horses has good aids and a soft mouth, he may do better with the double joined bit.

Good luck!
    04-25-2009, 10:46 AM
My favorite bit on the face of the planet are the oval link bits like this:

Jp Korsteel Gold Oval Link Loose

The natural curve of it follows the shape of the horse's mouth much more effectively, and my pony who came to us very resistant to the bit went much better with a gentler bit like this. You can get them for cheaper, but they don't always have the same amount of curve that this one has.
    04-25-2009, 08:44 PM
I second the french link. It's a very mild bit that's popular with most horses.
    04-26-2009, 12:46 AM
That dressage guy is absolutely right. Single jointed bits pinch the mouth and can be very uncomfortable for the horse, so a double jointed bit is MUCH more comfortable. I like the JP by Korsteel oval mouth copper loose ring snaffle, and a lot of the Myler snaffles as well.
    04-26-2009, 10:37 AM
Green Broke
Most horses I have ridden go well in a double jointed bit, either a french link or bean/oval mouth. I would pick one up that has the same cheek style as your current bit and see how your horse likes it.
    04-26-2009, 11:18 AM
Thanks everyone! Taking a trip to the tackstore tomorrow to find my horse a new bit.
    04-26-2009, 01:27 PM
ABSOLUTELY! My gelding hates single jointed bits, but goes really really well in a double jointed bit.
    04-27-2009, 07:59 AM
I saw a notable change in my gelding Evo when I put him in the Korsteel JP Oval Mouth Eggbutt Snaffle

(Mines all stainless steel, no gold/copper)
Seriously great bit and I've reconmended it to all those who have bitting issues.

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