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  • Should a loose ring be the same size as eggbutt
  • How to fit a loose ring snaffle

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    08-30-2011, 10:03 PM
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Loose ring vs eggbutt snaffle question

So here is my question... I remember reading somewhere that if I use 5" eggbutt I want to go with either bigger or smaller loose ring (don't remember which one, sorry). Is that true indeed?

My paint grew out of her snaffle, so I have to look for the different bit.
     
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    08-30-2011, 10:30 PM
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I would think a 1/4" larger for a loose ring so that the rings don't pinch. I'm not an expert though... that's just my logic.
     
    08-30-2011, 10:37 PM
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I will be wanting to know the anwer to that, too. I thought it was 1/4 inch larger for loose ring, to avoid pinching. But would someone who knows for sure set us straight?
     
    08-31-2011, 12:16 AM
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Foal
It's 1/4"-1/2" bigger, to prevent pinching. :) Also, depending on what you show in, you can use bit guards, too. However those aren't allowed in hunter classes, or dressage classes. My little guy had a 4 3/4" eggbutt, so when he got sick of that (part Arab with a sensitive mouth and low palate - single joint wasn't cuttin' it.), I found him a 5" french link loose ring. Works great!

Sorry for the wee ramble, lol.
     
    08-31-2011, 02:27 AM
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Trained
My horse had bit guards on an eggbutt snaffle when I got him O.o

Bit guards annoy me so I took them off. No real purpose in having them on an eggbutt.

As for sizes, I have heard 1/4" bigger, but don't go too big, because too big of a bit is just as bad as too small.
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    08-31-2011, 05:22 AM
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I've always been taught 1/4" larger to prevent pinching with the loose ring, just as everyone else seems to have been told as well.
     
    08-31-2011, 06:45 AM
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Thank you, All!

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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I will be wanting to know the anwer to that, too. I thought it was 1/4 inch larger for loose ring, to avoid pinching. But would someone who knows for sure set us straight?
Yes, I know you add 1/4" to the measurements. But as I said some people state you want slightly different for eggbutt, because it doesn't move. I have 5" loose rings, measured her mouth yesterday and it's closer to 5" (she's been growing forever). I going to try my qh's bit today (5 1/4" eggbutt) to see if that'll look better.
     
    08-31-2011, 11:54 AM
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Green Broke
I found this blog entry very helpful when I was learning about fitting snaffles: Fitting a Loose Ring Snaffle | EQUINE Ink

Clif notes version: (1) Measure your horses mouth with either a bit fitting tool or just a piece of string. (2) Add 1/4" to that measurement for an eggbutt snaffle (3) Add another 1/4" for loose ring.
     
    08-31-2011, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
I found this blog entry very helpful when I was learning about fitting snaffles: Fitting a Loose Ring Snaffle | EQUINE Ink

Clif notes version: (1) Measure your horses mouth with either a bit fitting tool or just a piece of string. (2) Add 1/4" to that measurement for an eggbutt snaffle (3) Add another 1/4" for loose ring.
Interesting! Thanks for posting it, verona!
     
    08-31-2011, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
I found this blog entry very helpful when I was learning about fitting snaffles: Fitting a Loose Ring Snaffle | EQUINE Ink

Clif notes version: (1) Measure your horses mouth with either a bit fitting tool or just a piece of string. (2) Add 1/4" to that measurement for an eggbutt snaffle (3) Add another 1/4" for loose ring.
i suppose that's why the 5.75" loose ring eggbutt bit works for my horse so well. Hahahah

For reference - idk what to ACTUALLY call the bit. This is what it looks like basically:

     

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