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post #1 of 2 Old 05-09-2014, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Question help on finding right bit for pony!

I recently got a pony and was curious to see what people will say about what kind of bit he needs.
He is very responsive, direct reins only, and listens well but will once in a while try to take off! Right now I'm just using a O-ring straight bit(4.5 inch)
I'm only using that because I don't have anything else right now.
Anyway, would a O-ring snaffle be better? Or maybe a typical tom thumb?
I might have to experiement with some bits but just want feedback I guess.

My bit now looks like this: Pony Straight Bit: Running Creek Miniature Horse Tack
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post #2 of 2 Old 05-09-2014, 01:46 PM
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Mullen bits aren't very good for directional cues. The bit you posted also looks like it could pinch something fierce. However, all in all it's a mild bit and if its working, don't worry about it.

I personally prefer french link snaffles, it's a very mild mouthpiece and the vast majority of horses like it as well. Taking off on you is a separate training issue however. Sure, you could throw a big bit on your horse which might help in the short term. However, long term, without proper training your horse will learn to evade that as well, then you'll be getting an even more harsh bit.
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