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        07-27-2009, 07:42 PM
    I have a question about bits.

    I don't know too terribly much about bits. I currently use a solid rubber bit for my mare, and she responds very well to it, but I've heard that it's hard to produce saliva in a rubber bit. Is that something I should be concerned about?

    The problem about changing bits is that she does NOT like jointed bits. She also doesn't need a harsh bit. I especially want a gentle one, because I throw people on her all the time, and I want to make sure she doesn't have a bit that would be too harsh in new hands. I know that a bit is only as harsh as the rider using it, but some are still harsher than others.

    What do you think?

    For reference, this is her rubber bit.

    And this is her western bit. Mind telling me what it is? Lol.

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        07-27-2009, 08:53 PM
    As long as she is getting along with the rubber bit and it is not causing any chafed or chapped areas on her bars or tongue, the I would stick with it. She would tell you if it was uncomfortable for her.

    As for that second bit, it honestly looks like a TWH bit to me. Though I am sure that you could probably use it on any horse. Even with such a low port, it should be fairly forgiving to rougher hands when the curb chain is kept pretty loose.

    If you ever decide to put her in a metal mouth bit, you may consider a mullen mouth snaffle since she doesn't like joints. :)
        07-27-2009, 09:30 PM
    Green Broke
    ^^ Yes, I agree. It does look very much like the generic one-peice TWH bit.

    If she works good with her current bit, keep it. But if you are worried about the saliva producing, get a copper mullen mouthed snaffle.
        07-28-2009, 01:03 AM
    The saliva helps protect the horse's mouth from injury and helps keep it soft. If she likes it, leave her alone in it. If you want ti try something else, you could always get a mullen mouth just like it in sweet iron or copper.

    A bit is only as bad as the hands behind it. Whatever that other bit is, it's a curb and curbs are actually classified as severe. It's not that they are particularly nasty bits. It's because they amplify the amount of pressure you use on the reins vs. the mouth at a ratio of 1:3. 1 pound of hand movement on reins = 3 pounds of pressure on the horse's mouth (greater or less depending on the length of the shanks). They're also meant to be ridden with one hand, so the people you plan to be putting on your horse should be considered. If you try to use 2 hands on a bit like that, that is when it's going to really start bothering your horse. Curbs also come in different severities. The mildest are the completely fixed grazing shank with a low port.

    If everybody's accostomed to riding with 2 hands, then stick with a snaffle.
        07-28-2009, 11:20 AM
    Ok, thanks everyone. I wasn't sure how big of a deal it was with the whole saliva thing. We have been using it for at least a year, and she isn't chapped or anything. It's also nice to know what other options I have out there for an english bit without a joint, lol. I appreciate your input. =]
        07-28-2009, 08:33 PM
    Green Broke
    I agree, if it's not broke, don't try to fix it! . I personally like french link or bean mouth bits for English, but I am a big believer in "whatever works"!

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