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post #1 of 14 Old 11-14-2008, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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French Link vs. Dr. Bristol

Can anyone tell me the difference?

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-15-2008, 05:48 AM
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Are they tack brands?
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post #3 of 14 Old 11-15-2008, 07:41 AM
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A French link has the "link" flat (horizontal) on the horse's tongue when resting in his mouth. The Dr.Bristol has the "link" perpendicular to his tongue.

The French Link is a very mild joined mouth bit while the Dr. Bristol is much more harsh due to the link configuration.

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banoota - below are two pictures of the bits I was asking about.

Thank you iridehorses! How severe of a bit is the Dr. Bristol? Any comparisons? These look exactly the same and have the same description. That's why I couldn't figure it out!

French Link
JP Korsteel French Link Hunter Dee Horse Bit - Dover Saddlery...

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JP Korsteel Dr Bristol Hunter Dee Horse Bit - Dover Saddlery...

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What you can't see in the picture is the angle that the link is at in the Dr. Bristol. This site will tell you about the differences. The Bit Gallery - Dr. Bristol Mouthpiece

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Awesome! Thanks!

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with a french link it has the two joints which is much softer on the horses mouth and doesnt creat what we call the nut cracker action the dr bristol has.
#with most horses any bit which has a single joint (classed as the nutcracker action) will hit the horse in teh roo of the mouth when it is pulled creating the horse to resist being pulled and they will poke their nose out or evan hold their heads up and run away a single joint also creats pressuer on the bars of the horses mouth which again most horses do not like.

I much prefer riding any horse in a double linked bit any day.
They are much softer on the mouth and they also don't create pressure on the bar of themouth
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Dasher, they are both multi joined bits. From a distance they look identical. The difference is the angle of the link.

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I'm just trying a Dr. Bristol with my horse after using a french link. He has been a little heavy on my hands. The Dr. B was my old horse's favorite bit. I'll let you know how it goes.
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post #10 of 14 Old 11-16-2008, 07:33 PM
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isnt the only difference the thickness of the link?

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