Hi everyone :) Just need some advice on the Kimblewick bit. I've heard some nasty things about this bit, and some REALLY good things about this bit. I have heard that it is good for a child (I'm not that young btw, lol) to build their confidence. Which sounds great for me, as around 2 months ago I fell off my 4 yr old pony and broke my left humerus bone. Before I fell off we were thinking of sending him back to the trainer to get some education in a few things, now we defiantly think that (Gotta fatten him up first though, lost some fat in the winter). And when he comes back from the trainer, I want to feel safe on him. The Kimblewick bit would only be temporary on him though, just till I get my confidence back. He is fairly headstrong. When I fell off and broke a bone, he had bolted on me. Started off trotting, then cantering. And his canter is very bumpy, and I was collecting my reins, so I just slipped out of the saddle! But, that was the FIRST ever time he has bolted, so he is not a bolter, he just got spooked by the owners (of the property who we agist at) daughter (She was moving the wings to the jumps and he is afraid of them). We THINK that's what spooked him, but, we r not sure.
Oh my goodness! I'm so sorry, i've just been telling you my life story, lol. Your probably getting bored. Anyway, it was just to give you an idea how I fell off him (He is a very good pony, only second time I had fallen off him, first time was when he was 2, oh here I go again! Sorry! Haha)
To give you an idea about the Kimblewick bit i'm talking about, here is a pic.
Please no arguing, I just want a few opinions, but don't go telling someone with an opposite opinion that there wrong, you could be wrong as well!
P.S Here is an article I found about this bit :)
The Kimblewick is a fixed cheek bit that is often used on horses and ponies that prove a little too strong in a snaffle; it is also often used by children to help them have some control should they need it. There are two main types of kimblewick, the slotted version that has two fixed rein slots in the cheek piece, or the plain cheek where the reins are attached to the cheek as you would a snaffle. Both types of Kimblewicks are used with a curb chain. The hanging cheek part if the bit from the cheek slot to the mouthpiece uses poll pressure and lip pressure, and various pressures in the mouth depending on the mouthpiece. When the rein is used, the curb chain should come into play, but not straight away, there should be some give in the rein before the curb chain tightens.
The Cambridge Mouthpiece
The Cambridge mouth is a very mild bit; it is an unvarying mouthpiece, which means the pressure on the mouth doesn’t change very much, as it is a fixed mouthpiece. This mouthpiece is super alternative to the straight bar for horses with a larger tongue, horses that are likely to have larger tongues are for e.g., Irish Draft x or the Dutch Warmblood. The bit puts pressure on the tongue and lips (corner of the mouth), it does use slight pressure on the bars depending on the size of your horses tongue, more than that of a Mullen mouth. This bit is very useful for those horses that have a very soft mouth and don’t like complicated mouthpieces, it may also be useful for horses that back off the contact and need that extra bit of confidence in the bit.
This mouthpiece would not be suitable if your horse leans on the bit or if they tend to take hold of the bit.