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post #1 of 7 Old 10-06-2008, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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I need a different bit for my OTTB

I need an english bit for my recently retrained OTTB mare. I've been using a tom thumb with a chin strap on her and she responded really well. She went from hard mouthed to soft mouthed after working with her. I tried a full cheek snaffle on her and she's a lot harder to stop now. I don't neccesarily want to use a harsher bit and I definately don't want to use a twist. At first I thought I should try a copper roller d ring snaffle or maybe some kind of copper french link. But then I wondered if maybe I should try something with a chin strap, like a kimberwick. But are kimberwicks even allowed in the hunter ring? Or can I just attach a chin strap to whatever bit I choose?
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-12-2008, 12:50 PM
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I went through tons of bits - over 20 - trying the find the 'right' one for my TB. It really is more dependent on getting the horse to respond to your seat and legs, more than the bit. Some TBs just don't get it, I think, just my opinion.
I would stick with the softest bit possible. If you have good hands, the kimberwick is fine. A snaffle in hard hands is a lot worse.
Mark Rashid wrote something like, if you want your horse to respond to soft signals, you have to use soft signals. It takes a lot of patience.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-12-2008, 10:23 PM
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I would try a full check with a copper roller, or something similar. Then find a Dressage trainer to help you with your seat/leg aids. Dressage lessons will greatly improve your jumping.

Good luck!
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-13-2008, 01:38 AM
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I like anything with sweet iron and copper. I actually use to have to switch my tb's bit every month or so, but I've been using a sweet iron snaffle with copper inlays for a while now. I use to use a slow twist on him, but he has become so much softer in this one.

I am pretty sure you can use a kimberwick in the ring.
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-17-2008, 01:27 PM
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My OTTB's always went best in a copper mouth "D" ring. If they got strong (usually jumping) I would switch to a full cheek slow twist for a couple rides and then back to the "D" ring.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-17-2008, 05:25 PM
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My OTTB's always went best in a copper mouth "D" ring. If they got strong (usually jumping) I would switch to a full cheek slow twist for a couple rides and then back to the "D" ring.
i agree...a tom thumb is a harsh bit!!!keep in mind that ANY bit is harsh in the wrong hands!

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post #7 of 7 Old 10-27-2008, 10:38 PM
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i agree...a tom thumb is a harsh bit!!!keep in mind that ANY bit is harsh in the wrong hands!
Very well said!
I hate tom thumbs with a passion

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