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post #1 of 12 Old 01-18-2010, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-18-2010, 04:26 PM
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This bit is total junk. The other one is not a real good bit either. A bit is really only as harsh as the hands using it. If you want to make sure a bit is "mild" then you should make sure that you have a good, independent seat and can stay off the horses mouth. You are the piece of equipment that determines rather a bit is harsh or not.

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-18-2010, 04:34 PM
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Whats your price range?

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The grazing bit is rubbish... not worth the money... and you might consider a bit with swivel shanks for a bit more flexibility.

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I would choose your price range and think about the qualities you want out of the bit and ask again
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Of the two, the first one is the best choice. It has a very low ratio from purchase to shaft, it has a good deal of tongue relief, and the copper material is good for saliva.

The second bit appears to be an inexpensive, aluminum bit that I, personally, would never use on my horse.

As I've said in many other threads, look for one with a Billy Allen mouth piece.

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post #7 of 12 Old 01-18-2010, 05:17 PM
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It really comes down to what your horse is doing and its level of training. Myler has a good article on their web site. I know not everyone is going to like myler but the information is valid no matter what brand you select.
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ETA- funny iride mentioned the Billy Allen I was going to add this one I found on ebay

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Thank you I appreciate all of the info :)
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-18-2010, 11:54 PM
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Is he neck reining yet? If so, I like this bit for transitioning to a curb.
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I ordered one from them and I can attest to it's quality. That is what I use on my horses and they respond well to it.

Basically, the shorter the shanks, the milder it will be (generally) and swivel shanks are an absolute must on a young horse. Or, IMHO, on any horse.

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post #10 of 12 Old 01-19-2010, 01:07 AM
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Well, they are harsh on the horse and mild on the wallet. I would say invest your money in a milder, higher-quality bit. The grazing (OR mouth can it be an OR) is a piece of junk and the other one is old, possibly rusty. The bits Vidaloco and smrobs posted look like better choices than the two without being outrageously expensive.

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