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    01-25-2010, 08:22 PM
Yes, that is definitely a Dr Bristol - I would switch to a French Link personally.

Have you been riding your new horse with a different bit? Or with the bit that came with him?
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    01-26-2010, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
With the bit he came with, Im thinking about trying my other horse's bit on him, BUT I don't know if there is a reason why he has the dr.bristol bit. My other horse's (Abby) bit is just a simple eggbut snaffle.
    01-27-2010, 12:04 PM
There is a very old saying: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". If he is going well in the Bristol and you have good hands, I would leave it alone.
    01-27-2010, 05:15 PM
Green Broke
Yeah I think I will stick with it, he is easy to ride, and doesn't pull on the bit very much. Thanks for all the help!
    01-27-2010, 09:08 PM
But your new horses, previous owner - may not of been educated in this department, and just used the bit because they were told to, or they bought the bit without knowing what it was.

So your horse could be going with this Dr Bristol in his mouth, for no reason other than human ignorance??
    01-28-2010, 10:22 AM
Green Broke
Could be! I didn't notice until after we bought him though so I guess i'll never know! Kinda sucky but what can do? But I think I will try him with a different bet just to see how he goes! Thanks alot for the advice!
    01-28-2010, 10:43 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    

So your horse could be going with this Dr Bristol in his mouth, for no reason other than human ignorance??
For all we know, the former owner was very well versed in the use of that bit and found that the horse went best in it.

As I suggested in a previous post, she should contact the former owner and ask why that bit was used. From there she can make an educated decision as to what to do. Changing bits because someone does not like the bit is not a good reason - it's the horse that needs to like or dislike it. More information is needed.
    01-28-2010, 10:53 AM
I agree, contacting the previous owner asking them why they use that particular bit. Find out if they knew it was a Dr Bristol, or did they believe it was a French Link like many mistake the mouthpiece to be?

I have a dear friend at my barn, who is 11, and rides a 16 year old TB. His TB came with a Waterford Bit. I dislike Waterford Bits.

After a while of watching the two together, I came out and asked "Why are you using that bit?" his response was "I don't know, it came with him"

I asked his Mother, "Why are you using that particular bit with this horse?" And her response was the same.

The BO heard our conversation and she said "Use what you need. If that is the bit that came with him, then there is a reason and I wouldn't change it"

So - I hummed. I was asked to ride the horse, and I put him in Nelson's Myler.

Guess what - the horse didn't need that blasted bit at all - it was human uneducation. Now, due to that, this horse has a very hard mouth, rigid, throws his head up in the air when you give the slightest twiddle with your fingers. Moves around with his back dropped, no topline, head carried high - has no education.

I got off, and told my friend that he doesn't need that bit. I rode the horse just fine without it.

So that is why I say - maybe, the OP's horse is using this bit, for no reason at all, but human uneducation.

So yes - ask his previous owner WHY does this horse "NEED" this bit?
    01-28-2010, 11:43 AM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
I agree, contacting the previous owner asking them why they use that particular bit. Find out if they knew it was a Dr Bristol, or did they believe it was a French Link like many mistake the mouthpiece to be?
A reasonable mistake - good point. I can understand your analogy and I agree. Too many people ride with things in their horse's mouths that don't belong in there and they have no good explanation as to why.

When I bring a new horse in I look at the tack that was used and ask a lot of questions. Many times the seller/owner has no good reason for using a particular bit other then insecurity on their part or another reason unrelated to the horse's needs.

I had a mare a few years ago that was ridden in a double twisted wire snaffle when I went to see her. The rider had soft hands, stayed out her mouth and the horse went well. I asked why that bit and her reason was that she was afraid that if the horse bolted, she would need some control. I bought the horse, put her in a shanked Billy Allen (she had a great rein to her and moved off my other aids) and rode her over the trails all summer. She never offered to bolt or misbehave. The bit was used for the rider's insecurity not the horse's needs.
    01-28-2010, 09:56 PM
Excellant point - I like that and very true - Riders use tack, gadgets and other vices on their horses - for their own insecurities, not for the horses needs.

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