Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
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?