Dr.Bristol Bit? good or bad?

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    01-23-2010, 09:33 PM
Green Broke
Question Dr.Bristol Bit? good or bad?

My new horse came with all his western tack. And he has a Dr. Bristol bit, is that good for him or should I change his bit?
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    01-23-2010, 10:32 PM
Without knowing the horse, I will say that a Dr. Bristol is a fairly mild bit. So he should be fine in it provided he likes it.
    01-24-2010, 12:52 AM
I am curious to know how a Dr Bristol is a fairly mild bit?

A Dr Bristol's mouthpiece is designed to position in the horses mouth with the bar in the middle of the mouthpiece to rest at an angle, where the edge of the metal bar is directly onto the horses tongue.

Where a French Link rests flat on the horses tongue, the Dr Bristol does not. So when the reins are pulled and the bit comes into effect - the edge presses down onto the horses tongue.

I would consider the Dr Bristol to not be a mild bit.
    01-24-2010, 01:30 AM
Green Broke
It depends on the horse, and the bit. Some Dr Bristol's are mild, others are more harsh. It depends on the size of the middle piece, the thickness, and how it's angled.
    01-24-2010, 10:22 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Did you ask his previous owner why they used the Dr. Bristol? If there is no good reason then, personally, I would switch to a French Link and see how he goes.
    01-24-2010, 10:48 AM
Based on MIEventer's and my discussion in another thread about confusion about the names of bits, it would probably be useful to see a photo of the bit you're asking about.
    01-24-2010, 11:13 AM
That is a great idea Maura, good thinking!
    01-24-2010, 11:59 AM
I would switch to a French Link too to see how he goes in that. Its a milder bit whereas the Dr Bristol is sharper with a more pronounced pressure to the tongue.
    01-25-2010, 04:24 PM
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    01-25-2010, 04:24 PM
Green Broke
Thats what it looks like.

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