How big should a bit be for a 17h TB? - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 6 Old 09-29-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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How big should a bit be for a 17h TB?

I bought a new horse just this week and I need to buy a bit that will fit him. It's going to be a snaffle bit. I tried contacting his owner about the size, but she won't respond. And, yes, I know you need to measure the horse's mouth in order to be accurate enough, but I want to make sure that it will come in by the time he gets here so I don't have to wait 1 week (or more) before I can ride him.

The bit that I'm looking at offers the biggest size at 5 1/2 inches. Will that be big enough?

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Regardless of what the former owner says, you should measure, IMO. Here is just one link to how to measure.

How do you measure a horse's bit size? - Yahoo! Answers

Bit size does not necessarily correlate with horse size. I had a 16HH horse who needed a 4.5. Never would have guessed.
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bit size does not necessarily correlate with horse size.
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I agree with both of you two, I was just wondering if there was an average size bit for that size of horse. The owner got back with me and said it was a 5 1/2 inch. Thanks for your input and you guys are right: you can't tell just by size. Thanks for the input! :)

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5" is the most common size.
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I agree with both of you two, I was just wondering if there was an average size bit for that size of horse. The owner got back with me and said it was a 5 1/2 inch. Thanks for your input and you guys are right: you can't tell just by size. Thanks for the input! :)
Exactly right, you can't tell just by size. My two-year-old is 15.3hh and takes a 5.5" bit. Of course, he also takes a draft-size bridle, so...
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