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post #1 of 8 Old 05-23-2012, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for a bit

I am looking for a short shanked mullen mouth or low port curb bit. I can't seem to find any. Has anyone seen one of these anywhere on line that I could order? A friend has one that I tried on my appy and he seems to be very responsive and happy with it, unfortunately she wont consider selling or loaning it so I am trying to find one of my own. He was being ridden in a mullen mouth driving bit when I got him because the previous owner couldn't find one of these bits either. I talked to the lady I bought him from and also his previous owner before her and both said he doesnt like snaffles so I havent bothered to try him with one. Right now I am using a kimberwick on him but that's a loaner as well and if I have a choice I will buy a western type bit over the kimberwick because I ride western.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-23-2012, 02:30 PM
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Well, I am not sure where to find the bit you are talking about but I love Myler bits. They are expensive but my mare hates snaffles to the point of being dangerous so she has a level 1 comfort snaffle like the one below. They come in level 1,2 or 3. I am sure you can find a different brand with the same concept for cheaper.

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I am looking for a short shanked mullen mouth or low port curb bit. I can't seem to find any. Has anyone seen one of these anywhere on line that I could order? A friend has one that I tried on my appy and he seems to be very responsive and happy with it, unfortunately she wont consider selling or loaning it so I am trying to find one of my own. He was being ridden in a mullen mouth driving bit when I got him because the previous owner couldn't find one of these bits either. I talked to the lady I bought him from and also his previous owner before her and both said he doesnt like snaffles so I havent bothered to try him with one. Right now I am using a kimberwick on him but that's a loaner as well and if I have a choice I will buy a western type bit over the kimberwick because I ride western.
I know what bit your talking about. Like a John Israel knock off. A john Israel right now goes for $250+ if you can find someone who will sell it to you! A lot of cutters like that style too, I found some knock offs at the NCHA futurity last winter. But I can't remember who was selling them. Let me think about it a little more...
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Try KO Trading, they have almost 1500 bits, they most likely will have a short shanked mullen.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-23-2012, 03:32 PM
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Advice

I never agreed with bits for horses and tried to use them as little as possible. HOwever, I know little about the correct bridle to use so any tips, info and handy hints would be hugely appreciated.

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post #6 of 8 Old 05-23-2012, 03:33 PM
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Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Reiner WIde Port Swivel Shank Bit

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796- Reinsman 7" Steel Reiner Billy Allen Mouth

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post #7 of 8 Old 05-23-2012, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for all the replies I found the exact bit on one of the websites provided. I am thrilled!!! I can get it either with a sweet iron or copper mouth......which do you think horses prefer??
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-23-2012, 06:42 PM
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Personally, I really like a sweet iron with copper inlays. That way, you get the best of both worlds, but if it's one or the other, I would probably choose the sweet iron.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
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