...on ebay, and then it occurred to me that it might not be much good quality-wise, considering it's not coming from a name brand. It's a 5 inch, so I'm not sure if it will fit my horse (he is usually in a 5.5 but I have a sneaking suspicion that may be a tad large), but if not I can always sell it on, or keep it as a spare.
I was specifically looking for a french link baucher, but I couldn't find one with a flat link for my budget so I had to get the lozenge one... my horse prefers a flat link but will work well with a lozenge.
I have my reasons for wanting a baucher, none of which being more bit stability... I wanted something with as similar an action (minus chain) as I could find to the kimblewick I jump him in (no slots, very loose chain) and the baucher is the closest I could find that's dressage legal. Fixed cheekpiece attachment, unfixed rein attachment to the same ring as the mouthpiece. His eggbutt snaffle isn't quite enough to show in, I get nervous and he loses his head because of it. Last dressage test I rode was awful, he was rushy and tense and I could not keep him at a reasonable speed within his gaits.. and it took all my strength to get him to transition down from the first canter.
So this is what I ended up with. Thoughts? Does it look like the quality is ok? It was fairly cheap, and it's coming from the UK if that helps.
If it arrives and the quality is rubbish or it doesn't fit I can always palm it off to someone else (or throw it in the box full of spare bits) and if Monty likes it, buy another. I didn't want to spend retail for a quality baucher just to see if my horse likes it and responds well to it, they are crazy expensive here...