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post #11 of 18 Old 08-18-2011, 02:04 PM
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My experience with a Kimberwick bit has been very good. Like stated above there are other bits out there that may suit you and your horse better though. I am a western rider and my stubborn, pigheaded QH gelding has always been ridden in a curb bit so when I wanted to try english and go to a couple of open shows he practically laughed in my face when I used a D ring snaffle and thought I was going to get him to perform lol.... so we switched to a kimberwick and the difference was amazing. I am sure that it is because he was used to the curb and my horse is the most stubborn creature out there.. but anyways the bit works remarkably well for me and Nahvar, so much so that that is my bit for trail riding and gymkana, I now only use the curb for show and working on his western pleasure

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Maybe I misunderstood the OP. When they said frame I figured they actually meant more than a head set.

I can easily see a kimberwick for a rider doing Wenglish style riding. English tack but no contact like western riding.

If the horse is being asked to carry themselves and reach for the bit then a bit that provides curb action with no control over the curb action is not appropriate.
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-18-2011, 02:45 PM
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If your horse isn't softening to the bit in a single jointed snaffle, but you saw an improvement in a waterford, then it's quite likely that he's getting too much nutcracker action from the original bit.

If the kimberwicke you try out also has a single jointed mouthpiece, I suspect you'll see the same problem.

Why not try the waterford a few more times? I personally like it better than kimberwickes because it doesn't use leverage. After a few rides in it you should definitely know if it's a good bit for him or not, and if it's not then you can try another (kimberwicke, pelham, etc)
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Maybe I misunderstood the OP. When they said frame I figured they actually meant more than a head set.

I can easily see a kimberwick for a rider doing Wenglish style riding. English tack but no contact like western riding.

If the horse is being asked to carry themselves and reach for the bit then a bit that provides curb action with no control over the curb action is not appropriate.

I did mean more of a headset. She's carrying herself quite nicely now and rounding her topline.
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I think I'll stick with the waterford for awhile. The only prblem is it's an o-ring. How can I make sure it doesn't slide through her mouth?
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-18-2011, 05:49 PM
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My vote is also for the pelham. I use it, its great. My horse is so responsive vs in just a d-ring. Like all of the posts above me it is also a light bit but still has quick responses to it.

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post #17 of 18 Old 08-18-2011, 10:38 PM
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I think I'll stick with the waterford for awhile. The only prblem is it's an o-ring. How can I make sure it doesn't slide through her mouth?
They do make full cheek waterfords, or you could get bit guards and put them on the waterford you're already using. Bit guards do take up some extra space, so if there isn't a lot of room around your horse's lips already then you might need to buy another bit to use the bit guards anyway.
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I have a competition on the weekend so I don't have time to learn how to use two sets of reins. I do have a ported pelham that I've never used sitting in my garage so if the waterford doesnt work then I'l try it.
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