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post #21 of 43 Old 02-13-2014, 06:42 PM
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I just bought two bits today. They were 1/2 price ($9-10 each) and I couldn't help myself! That's after selling off about 10 of them last fall.

I also have an affinity for saddle pads, wool saddle blankets, headstalls, well, just about everything that goes on a horse.
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post #22 of 43 Old 02-13-2014, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Fort fireman View Post
I've actually thought about starting to buy a really nice silver bit once a year. They are works of art really, never lose their value and would be really nice heirlooms for my daughters after the old man kicks off. Maybe even grand kids or further down the line. Just kind of throwing the idea around. I love the Santa Barbara cheek pieces .

That's a great idea!
Some of the stuff that is in the house are items that has been passed down. They come with stories and pictures, that is what really makes them special!
I keep saying this, but good bits are an useable savings account.
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post #23 of 43 Old 02-13-2014, 07:57 PM
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I have a thing for bridles and bits..I like to have a bit for each bridle, but have a couple extra bits or too small (like, 10hh small) bridles that I don't bother pairing with a 5" bit, lol. I'll try and get a picture this weekend or so. But, this is after half of them being left somewhere or accidentally forgot at my last barn (I'm allowed to come back, just can't get up the driveway right now..haha).
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post #24 of 43 Old 02-13-2014, 09:36 PM
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just took a photo of my humble collection, only have the three here since we live in a place little bigger than a shoe box, the rest of my gear is locked away at my mothers house, the only one there is an eggbut snaffle, I keep these ones here with me.
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post #25 of 43 Old 02-13-2014, 09:42 PM
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Those are cool, too, Andrew.
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post #26 of 43 Old 02-13-2014, 09:45 PM
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the ring bit is who knows how old and made by some Bedouin guy in the south of Jordan somewhere, I have that one just for ornamental value.
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post #27 of 43 Old 02-14-2014, 05:17 AM
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Maybe I'll have to get a picture of my bit collection tomorrow... I have about 15, but am very picky about what I have, so I'm not really sure how the number has crept up to that!
My horse had a bad mouth injury that makes him very picky about what bits he finds acceptable. Thankfully he is also very willing and forgiving :)

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post #28 of 43 Old 02-16-2014, 12:37 PM
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I love bits too! I only have 4 but I only have one me and my horse like, I have an eggbutt with a single joints, and eggbutt with a solid mouthpiece, a tom thumb (I am probably going to sell it though, none of the horses here like it), and I use a Pelham on my Gelding.

An I love SADDLE PADS too! I have bunches! red, blue, white, mostly blue though. and saddle shaped ones, white/cream, and a vintage one that's yellowed, but I still love it!
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post #29 of 43 Old 02-16-2014, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77 View Post
That's a great idea!
Some of the stuff that is in the house are items that has been passed down. They come with stories and pictures, that is what really makes them special!
I keep saying this, but good bits are an useable savings account.
I agree with you on the useable savings account to a point. I think alot depends on where you are at. You in the Buckaroo capital area would have no problem recouping some of your money out of your bits if need be. Around here you just don't see many couple hundred dollar bits floating around. It just doesn't seem like people around here really go all out on tack except in a few small cases. Just my observations around here. Now i go to montana to visit the In-Laws and I'm in the promised land of cool tack.

I just like the idea of having my girls using my stuff someday and having some pride in the tack they have and having a story to go with it. If I had boys I would probably keep buying guns but Im kind of switching gears here now that I have two little horse nuts at the house.

The first thing I need to decide is what mouth piece to get first. I really like a Mona Lisa with a santa barbara cheek. I'm deffinately not to the spade level yet, if ever. However I could just go with a pain old curb mouth or a frog mouth. decisions decisions.
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post #30 of 43 Old 02-16-2014, 03:19 PM
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i have only four bits right now, and a bosal. eggbutt copper mouth single joint snaffle, loose ring steel single joint snaffle, sweet iron snaffle (also single joint), and a happy mouth mullen mouth eggbutt. been on the hunt for a waterford and a nice french link for a little while now. every time i go in the tack store i stand and ogle the wall of bits, lol, but never find exactly what i want.
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