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post #1 of 12 Old 03-03-2013, 03:17 PM Thread Starter
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Help with these bits!

Hi everyone. I found for sale at a garage sale three (older???) snaffle bits. I haven't a clue if these are older or newer, what they would be used for, and if they are worth anything. I paid $10 for all of them together. They are huge, so must be for drafts. I've never really ridden or worked with drafts before, so I have no idea about these. The twisted one is 7 1/4", the simple one is 6 1/2" and the stright bar is 5 1/2". If you have any ideas about them, please let me know!! Thanks!!
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post #2 of 12 Old 03-03-2013, 04:06 PM
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The bottom looks like a tiny mullen mouth.-- Great for horses with a shallow pallet who cannot accommodate curbs or snaffles.
The second a loose ring snaffle-- One of the softest bits you could use. And preferred by many.
The top a slow twisted wire bit. --This one is the harshest of all three. But is good for light hands and experienced riders.
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O_o I don't think I've ever seen a snaffle that big!

Deschutes nailed what types all of those are. I'd use that twisted bit just as a house ornament or toss it out though personally. They're useless as horse bits JMHO.
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The mullen mouth looks kind of like a bridoon with such small rings on it.
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the twisted wire one looks to have some sharp points on it. I would not use it all. Ever.
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Wow, they are huge! I have a 6" loose ring snaffle, and it was the biggest the store had!
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The bottom one is a bridoon, part of the double bridle that also holds a curb. The horse has two bits in his mouth at the same time.
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the twisted wire one looks to have some sharp points on it. I would not use it all. Ever.
Yep, twisted wire--make it into a tp roll ring?
2nd is a sweet iron, loose ring snaffle.
3rd is the "bit" from the set of "Bit and Bridoon." That means a 2 bit bridle, often used in Dressage. It is the snaffle and you also stuck a curb bit in the horse's mouth, too, hence the skinny mouthpiece.
They are ALL old bits. I bought one that was in a box at auction many years ago.

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That was super informative! Thank you! And don't worry, I have no intention of using them on a horse. Actually I think the twisted one looks kind of cool, I might use it as a decorative piece. I had no idea about the small one being a double bridle piece. I'm actually excited to have learned about them! Thank you to all who replied. If anyone else has any more to add, please do! I love learning new horse-y things!

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post #10 of 12 Old 03-04-2013, 05:27 PM
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Yeah! It figures that the mullen mouth looking one wasn't a mullen mouth. : p those rings are tiny, as is the bar. You learn new things every day.
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