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post #1 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for a bit.

I'm looking for a new bit to show Lucy in, and i'm a bit stuck.

She goes really well in her current bit, which is a Myler level 1 loose ring snaffle with a leather chinstrap.

She has an old tongue injury where it looks like her tongue was nearly cut off, she has a big scar across her tongue. I think this bit just sits across her tongue without squashing it too much. It also sits against her palate, but because of the barrel, doesn't poke it.

The issue is that the bit slides side to side a bit, and when i'm showing it looks messy and makes it looks like she is resisting when she is actually being nice and soft.

So i'm looking for something with a similar mouthpiece, but a cheek that will stop it sliding side to side. I would also prefer brass as it would match my show bridle.

I would love to try her in a Myler Baucher, but of course they don't do any of the Myler bits in brass.

Any ideas?

I have some photos to show what i'm talking about.

This is how her bit sits normally, excuse the dorky face, she was getting a scratch!

This shows both sides of the bit how it sits normally.

And this shows the sliding, i'm setting up for a rollback here.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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She likes her bit loose and low in the mouth, I wonder if that is the main problem?

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post #3 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 06:20 AM
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What are you showing in? That will make a big difference as to what bits you can use.
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post #4 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 07:08 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry. I'm showing in ASH classes, so pretty much any snaffle is fine.
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post #5 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 05:06 PM
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How about a D-ring Myler? No way that's sliding through any horse's mouth
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post #6 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 05:29 PM
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Have you thought about keeping the same bit and just getting a smaller version of it? If its sliding around in her mouth, it might be because it's too big for her mouth.
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post #7 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 05:30 PM
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^ Yeppers to the above two posts

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #8 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Aren't the D Rings on a maker huuuge though? Shes only little ha ha!

I'm actually going to head into the local saddlery and see if they do the myler rental thing and maybe try a few different ones, smaller size and different cheeks. I wish they did brass :(
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 08:47 PM
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I agree that it looks like it's too big for her, with that dainty little head she's got LOL. And, I'm sure that having it down that low in her mouth doesn't help either...but you just gotta make do with those picky horses.

As for cheeks, sorry I can't be much help with that. Since I'm a western rider, I don't know much more than just the basic types; loose ring, D-ring, eggbutt, and full cheek.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-15-2013, 06:01 PM
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You could try something like this maybe?

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