General Thoughts on French Links and Oval Mouths

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  • French link vs oval mouth
  • Which is milder the oval mouth or french link jp korsteel bits

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    06-22-2010, 10:01 PM
General Thoughts on French Links and Oval Mouths

I am going through a bit obsession stage. For some unknown reason, I want to try Jerry in a TON of different bits, just to see which one he does best in. I have been looking through my options with snaffles, and I really like either a French Link or an Oval Mouth.

Has anyone had any experience with both or either?

Which do you like more?

Any other nice double-jointed bits out there?


P.S.- Does anyone else have an obsession with bits, or an I just weird?
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    06-22-2010, 10:04 PM
I'm also a "bit" bit obsessed lol.
Yes, a lot of horses seem to really prefer a double jointed bit to a single joint. Denny reacts better in an oval link than a flat (French) link as well, it seems. He does not work well in a single joint. He seems to prefer a Sprenger (oval, turned a 45* angle to the rest of the mouthpiece) the best.
    06-22-2010, 10:11 PM
Yikes- JustDressageIt, I just looked up the Sprenger bit in full cheek and it cost nearly $200! I think I might what to go with $30 or less... Any suggestions?

Edit to Add: Does this look like a nice bit for a horse that has some steering/listening to the hands problems? Just to help support the legs... I know this sounds kind of crazy, but my horse is a weirdo who was trained wrong, so it helps to have a bit more support from the hand.

Does it look any good?
    06-22-2010, 10:24 PM
Yes, full cheeks are excellent; they add a bit of lateral pressure to the lips and cheek, and full cheeks cannot pull through the mouth.
Sprengers are expensive; the nice thing is that they're a lifetime bit ;) For around the $30 range you can look at perhaps JP Korsteel.
    06-23-2010, 12:03 AM
Green Broke
IME most horses that go well in a french link go pretty much the same with an oval mouth, and vice versa. The Herm Sprenger is my all time favorite bit. It's the first thing I put in every horse's mouth, until I decide they need something else. It's the first bit any horse I start wears. You can find them on tacktrader or ebay for about $50-60 and they are worth every penny! I also have a few JP Korstell bits that I think are a knock off of the HS but work very well. I don't think they are quite the same quality (but I ride up to 5 horses a day in the same bit and I'd like for my bits to last... the rest of my life :) ) but they are good enough quality for most people.
    06-23-2010, 12:16 AM
I just bought a korsteel oval mouthpiece, but haven't tried it yet. My green horse despises the single jointed snaffle, so I'm hoping he will like the new bit better. . .
    06-23-2010, 12:30 AM
Thanks for the tip, Upnover!
    06-23-2010, 08:10 AM
I tried both, and stayed with oval mouth.

Dover Saddlery | AlBaCon French Link Eggbutt Snaffle Bit . for french link. My horses were OK with it, but I found they prefer oval mouth much more. Dover Saddlery | Mikmar Cupreon Eggbutt Snaffle Bit w/ Ergom Lozenge . and Dover Saddlery | OV Curve Oval Mouth Copper Loose Ring Snaffle Bit . and

Mikmar and KK Ultra are my favorite though.
    06-23-2010, 08:28 AM
Green Broke
I am a big fan of three piece bits. Five of my six of my horses go in some three piece bit. Two mares use oval/bean mouth loose rings, my Haflinger and one other mare go in french link egg butt bits, and my ex-western Appaloosa goes in a copper roller link full cheek. Only my husband's Anglo Arabian goes in a single joint hollow mouth egg butt. He just likes that bit a lot, so we stick with that, lol.

Some horses don't like the extra pressure that an oval or bean mouth bit puts on their tounge. French links are a little more mild in that area. You'll just have to try one and see if your horse likes it. Give it 2-3 rides before making a decision though.
    06-23-2010, 10:15 AM
I'd also add it depends on the material bit made of and the shape. If you look at the different bits they all have different shapes (even though it's "oval" mouth or french link) the actual shape of the bit is very different depending on brand. I use Ovation (on trails) and KK Ultra (in ring) on my paint (mostly because I don't want to use my nice not-cheap english bridle on trails), and I can tell she likes the KK Ultra much more.

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