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        05-13-2008, 03:36 PM
    Gentler Bit?

    I currently have my horse in a loose ring sweet iron snaffle and was advised she may do better in a french link because it gets rid of the nutcracker effect and there isn't the possibility of it poking the top of her mouth. Is the french link a better choice, and is it legal in dressage? While I'm on the topic of bits, it's been quite a while since I've purchased one and don' remember too well how to measure for the bit, can anyone help me out with that? These are the one's I've been considering.
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        05-13-2008, 03:50 PM
    Simple french links are legal but you have to be careful...for example a french link with a roller isn't legal. As long as you keep it simple (same metal used throughout, no moving pieces like a roller, smooth finish), you shouldn't have a problem. All of the bits you listed look ok.

    Easiest way to measure for a bit is to
    measure a pre-existing bit, or
    run a string through your horses mouth. Leave about a quarter inch outside the mouth on each side and that should be your size. 4.5 inches is average.
        05-13-2008, 04:56 PM
    My bit of choice is a French Link. Sara gave some good advice :)
        05-14-2008, 06:38 AM
    I use this one (from same store) for while...

    There is also

    But I just prefer eggbutt....

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