Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
None of my horses like an aluminum bit. Though they don't really act like it by throwing a fit. My horses that are usually quiet on the bit will chew a lot and shake their head a lot. Their mouths are really dry when I take the bit out and while they are wearing it, they just don't look happy. They much prefer either a sweet iron or copper-inlaid steel. With that, they are just happier and the mouth is nice and moist when I take the bit out.
I have been told that a heavier bit encourages the horse to carry it better as opposed to just letting it lay there in their mouth though most my bits are so similar in shape and size that I never notice a difference. Regardless of what 'everybody' says about aluminum bits, you should choose what works best for your mare and every horse is different. I had a horse years ago that hated having copper in his bit. If you tried to put one on him, the second it touched his tongue, he would pick his head up and start trying to spit it out and you could not get the bridle the rest of the way on. But put a stainless steel or an aluminum bit on him and he would drop his head and completely relax. He was a weirdo but that's what he liked.
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