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post #1 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Mild Bit?

I just bought a 13 yr old QH gelding. The guy I bought him from said he uses a mild bit (he neck reins) like a D Ring Snaffle.

Can someone recommend a nice mild bit for my new boy? I ride western - mostly just trail riding.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 11:36 AM
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A regular dee ring is good. I personally like the way eggbutts look better, especially if the horse has a small mouth. I like using copper in my bits. It makes the horse's mouth stay nice and wet aka it encourages saliva. These are ones I like:

COPPER:
splurge: http://www.doversaddlery.com/herm-sp...01359/cn/1466/

steal: http://www.doversaddlery.com/jp-kors...10066/cn/1466/ (loose ring, but I like it.)

EGGBUTTS:
this is the one i'm getting for my horse: http://www.doversaddlery.com/albacon...10157/cn/1460/

DEE RING:
cheap: http://www.doversaddlery.com/jp-kors...10061/cn/1459/

A lot of them are french links or oval mouths, but those types of bits are very good and normally not too severe. They get rid of the nutcracker action of normal snaffles.

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post #3 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 11:37 AM
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These are all English bits, because I don't know western, but they can work on a western horse.

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post #4 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 11:57 AM
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-21-2008, 12:35 PM
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Is it a good bit kitten_Val? I just liked how it looked. It looks like a nice mild bit.

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post #6 of 12 Old 05-22-2008, 07:01 AM
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I liked the look too. Plus it's german silver/copper enhanced, so should(?) have some taste in it. :) That's the 2nd bit I got for my youngsters. My paint doesn't like sidepull/hackamore, so I had no choice bu find a mild bit. They both didn't like Korsteel french eggbutt, but seem to be fine with this one. So far I have no complaints.
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post #7 of 12 Old 07-30-2008, 03:06 PM
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On all of my well broke horses (all western), I use a very short shank medium ported curb bit with swivel shanks. It has the potential to be a severe bit in severe hands but with a soft touch works great with neck reining horses.

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post #8 of 12 Old 07-31-2008, 08:30 PM
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Personally I use an Eggbutt French Link. In my opinion it is one of the softest bits you can get - it doesn't have the crackerjack action or single hinge action of a snaffle, and you can't pinch a horse's mouth with an Eggbutt piece.


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post #9 of 12 Old 07-31-2008, 10:26 PM
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Try an o-ring.

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post #10 of 12 Old 07-31-2008, 11:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
Try an o-ring.
Harlee, forgive me, but it would be really helpful if you explained what exactly you meant (o-ring can be any type of mouthpiece, just means that the rings are loose ring.... could range from a snaffle to a double twisted wire) and why you would recommend it. There might be other readers that are intersted.
Just a suggestion; three-word responses are very vague ;)


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