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post #1 of 6 Old 12-20-2009, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Question frech link vs. oval link bits

wich one is softer? which one would be prefered use on a greenie?

wich is the less harsh of the two

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post #2 of 6 Old 12-21-2009, 10:33 AM
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I'd say they are equal "severity-wise", but I tried both and somehow my horses prefer the oval mouth over the french link. Why? Don't know. :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-21-2009, 11:18 AM
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I agree I think they're kind of equal. However, I haven't ever tried the oval mouth but I do have my horses in French links and have great results. Especially my "greenie" mare. My friend rides all her horses in oval mouth snaffles and her horses all ride great in them.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-22-2009, 04:01 PM
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Like kitten_val said they are both the same in terms of severity on the mouth, but I read/heard somewhere that the oval links are nicer on the mouths as they have a smoother surface, rather than the narrow link of the french snaffle pressing into the tongue.

Personally I think this looks more comfortable when I imagine it lying across my tongue

than this...

but still, it's not a huge deal.

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-23-2009, 12:15 PM
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The oval links are less severe. The flat link of the french link can rotate and put pressure on the tounge when the bit is in use. Because the oval link has no flat surfaces it lies across the tounge without having any of the rotational movement. I love the oval link bits and use them a lot.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-23-2009, 12:22 PM
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And as always, when choosing a bit, just because it's not severe, doesn't mean the horse will like it. I like new balance shoes, you might like nike or reebok--horses mouths are not the same. I have a very sensitive gelding, and it took me YEARS to figure out which bit he liked, because I never tried it because it is labeled 'severe'. It's a waterford bit--and it's the ONLY bit he's happy in (loves going long and low and creating contact with my hands).

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