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post #1 of 12 Old 07-03-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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Good Bit Ideas?

I'm looking to buy a new bit for my horse, not because there's a problem with my current one, I just want to try something new.

Right now he's ridden in a very thick loose ring snaffle. I know thickness spreads the pressure out evenly, but does it make the aids less refined as well? Here are some bits I'm currently looking at:

Happy Mouth Shaped Mullen Mouth Loose Ring Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery
Copper 1/4 Moon Eggbutt Bit | Dover Saddlery
JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Loose Ring Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery

I definitely want to try a double jointed bit. Out of these, which ones would you suggest?
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post #3 of 12 Old 07-04-2012, 10:53 AM
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The eggbutt is nice :) And I really like the O-ring!

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Sorry I don't understand just wanting to try something new, well I do understand it, I have a tack room full of stuff because I like new pretty shiny things, but I never buy bits 'just because'

If your horse is going really well in its current bit stick with it, if you need a different bit for a specific reason, then that is different.
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Sorry I don't understand just wanting to try something new, well I do understand it, I have a tack room full of stuff because I like new pretty shiny things, but I never buy bits 'just because'

If your horse is going really well in its current bit stick with it, if you need a different bit for a specific reason, then that is different.
It's just that the one I have is the only snaffle I've ever ridden him in and I'm curious about how another bit would differ from my current one. If I end up wasting $25 that's my problem, not yours.
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And if you end up upsetting your horse because you buy something they hate who's problem is that?

Again if you say that your horse has X problem and will Y bit help, then you may get more replies, and some input. If you just want to try a bit 'just because' then lay out your money and buy it.
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And if you end up upsetting your horse because you buy something they hate who's problem is that?

Again if you say that your horse has X problem and will Y bit help, then you may get more replies, and some input. If you just want to try a bit 'just because' then lay out your money and buy it.
If my horse is upset by the bit in any way I'll get off, take it out and never use it again.

I apologize for wording the OP in the way that I did. I should have asked if any other people had experience with those bits and what their thoughts were.
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It is so difficult to give you meaningful advice though but for what it's worth

I love double jointed bits, I would choose a French Link snaffle as my first bit of choice. Experience with my horses says I would stay away from loose rings, BUT I have one mare who seems to like the loose ring.

My preference would be JP Korsteel French Link Full Cheek Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery but it is a bit pricier and you also need the keepers for it, but I believe that this gives you a nice quiet and comfortable bit.
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We use a French link with d rings and a Baucher, depending on which horse and what we are riding.
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