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post #1 of 8 Old 08-07-2011, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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How did the Bit break?????????

My dad got the bridle from some people he works with that had horses but hasn't had them for awhile and the tack were sitting in their shed. The bit looked fine and I rode him about 4 times since having him about 3 wks. I used the bit each time. I did today have the reins tied around the horn and when I came back outside, they had come loose but he was still tide to the tree via the lead rope. He had stepped on the reins and the bridle was still on his head but the bit had broke where the snaffle bit joins in the middle. I was thinking if anything from that the straps or reins would have broken before the bit but maybe the bit even though it looked fine, maybe it was on the brink of breaking even though it didnt appear to have any weaknesses.

Just wanting to know if it is common for them to give like that?
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post #2 of 8 Old 08-07-2011, 09:11 PM
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I don't have any suggestions for how yours broke, but a few weeks ago a horse at the summer camp I work at broke the shank below the swivel joint on a Tom Thumb. None of us know how. But they're horses. The way they manage to break things and themselves is astounding.
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I don't have any suggestions for how yours broke, but a few weeks ago a horse at the summer camp I work at broke the shank below the swivel joint on a Tom Thumb. None of us know how. But they're horses. The way they manage to break things and themselves is astounding.
lol maybe he knew a way to get around getting rid lol. I guess as I get more into it, I will always keep a few extras of everything
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Yep, some of the cheaper made bits can have defects in the metal that give them weak spots that are prone to break even if they look okay from the outside. I'm just glad it didn't happen when you were riding, that would have been a bad deal all around.

A few extra of everything is never a bad thing LOL. We have about 8 different bridle setups with another 3 or 4 loose bits of all different kinds hanging around the tack room.

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A few extra of everything is never a bad thing LOL. We have about 8 different bridle setups with another 3 or 4 loose bits of all different kinds hanging around the tack room.
Until the beginning of the summer, I had two bits in my bag of random horse stuff..my horse hates bits and doesn't use one.
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Until the beginning of the summer, I had two bits in my bag of random horse stuff..my horse hates bits and doesn't use one.
well how do you ride lol. I hope the dawgone piece that broke off didnt get swallowed!!!!!!!!

Will it pass thru in the waste possibly if if did? I did tie the reins to the horn but I should tied it twice, like in a knot that wasnt too tight. How do you guys have the reins when you are not on the horse and maybe have him tied via the lead rope?

Or if no lead rope, I guess you would have to tie to a tree or something via the reins right?
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Never tie a horse by the reins. I also won't leave a horse unsupervised when wearing a bridle, even if only tied by the halter. Too risky, and I've seen a horse die that way. The reins were leather split reins tied in a knot; they went over his head and he got a hind leg hooked him them. He panicked and flipped over on his head.

Did you check his mouth thoroughly for cuts and injuries? He could have really lacerated his tongue.
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Never tie a horse by the reins. I also won't leave a horse unsupervised when wearing a bridle, even if only tied by the halter. Too risky, and I've seen a horse die that way. The reins were leather split reins tied in a knot; they went over his head and he got a hind leg hooked him them. He panicked and flipped over on his head.

Did you check his mouth thoroughly for cuts and injuries? He could have really lacerated his tongue.
I will go do that right now
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