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    02-19-2012, 02:29 AM
  #1
Green Broke
My favorite curb bits!

Just for fun, I thought I would post some pictures of the curb bits I currently use on my horses. They aren't anything fancy, but they are functional.

And for those of you who clash with me over the infamous tom thumbs/argentine snaffles, you'll be happy to know some of your arguments must have rubbed off on me. I still have a collection of about 10 different types of curbs with broken mouths, but was surprises to realize than non are currently hanging in the barn in-use. They were all up at the house! So no photos of those.

Besides a couple of basic snaffles and a Myler snaffle, these are the bits I have set-up to use on my two trail horses. Yup, I have way more bridles than horses to wear them.

Feel free to comment, ask questions, share your favorite bits or whatever. This is just a thread for fun.

First bit:

Antique North & Judd- nice little low-leverage bit. Please excuse the horse slobber. It was fresh from a ride. I have two of these and find them quite functional.
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    02-19-2012, 02:35 AM
  #2
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Bit #2 Grazing bit. Medium port. I think this is considered a "sweetwater" mouth piece? It has a tad longer shanks than I would like, but the horses seem to like it. No maker's mark, but almost looks handmade.
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    02-19-2012, 02:38 AM
  #3
Green Broke
Bit #3

Reinsman "C" bit. Sweet iron mouth. Nice low-leverage curb.
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    02-19-2012, 02:39 AM
  #4
Showing
Hmm, here are the ones that I use most often. Excluding, of course, my numerous snaffle bits as all but one are regular loose rings and the other is a full cheek draft size .

This is my general go-to bit for pretty much everything.


I also have this one for the horse that needs a bit of a bigger port.


I also have another that is similar to the first but the mouth is a slightly larger diameter for those really sensitive horses and I have another with a much smaller port and longer shanks for those really finished horses. Now if only I had the money to buy all the bits that I really wanted......

I also have one of these that I really like, though I don't have any pictures of it on an actual horse
     
    02-19-2012, 02:42 AM
  #5
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Bit #4 Reinsman Mullen mouth "colt bit."

Not sure why you would want to limit this to colts. Mild, low-leverage curb. My Missouri Fox Trotter loves it.
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    02-19-2012, 02:48 AM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
Hmm, here are the ones that I use most often. Excluding, of course, my numerous snaffle bits as all but one are regular loose rings and the other is a full cheek draft size .

This is my general go-to bit for pretty much everything.


I would love to have this one above in a larger diameter mouth. I don't know why, but the thinner mouth makes me shy away from it. The port in it is GREAT. And the shank length (or lack thereof) is great.


I also have this one for the horse that needs a bit of a bigger port.


Hmm. I've never tried a port this high. I would be interested to see how the horses like it. Do you find the higher ports to be milder or more severe?

I can see them being milder due to tongue room, but I can see them being more severe because of more bar contact and/or touching the palate. Do you feel it ever touches the palate, or not?

I also have another that is similar to the first but the mouth is a slightly larger diameter for those really sensitive horses and I have another with a much smaller port and longer shanks for those really finished horses. Now if only I had the money to buy all the bits that I really wanted......

I also have one of these that I really like, though I don't have any pictures of it on an actual horse

I've been wanting to try that one! Or one of the many Mylers that are built similar.
     
    02-19-2012, 02:54 AM
  #7
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PS to Smrobs.......

Are those bits by Reinsman (or another more expensive brand) or are they the cheaper ones like from Horse.com? Because the quality of them looks excellent. The one from Horse.com looks like a steal.......if the quality is as nice.

NP Sweet Iron Loose Cheek Western Curb Bit 5in - Horse.com
     
    02-19-2012, 03:01 AM
  #8
Showing
I would love to have this one above in a larger diameter mouth. I don't know why, but the thinner mouth makes me shy away from it. The port in it is GREAT. And the shank length (or lack thereof) is great.

Here is where I got the one with the bigger diameter mouth. The shank joints have a bit more motion in them than my thinner one, but it's nothing bad, just a slightly different feel.
http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/1040/259350

Hmm. I've never tried a port this high. I would be interested to see how the horses like it. Do you find the higher ports to be milder or more severe?

To me, it's not so much about harsher or milder, it's just a different feel and a slightly different action. Because the shanks are basically the same size/angle, there is virtually no difference in the severity.

Whether they like it or not depends on the horse. For example, Dobe hates this bit because he likes a lower ported bit that he can pick up and hold with his tongue. With this one, he can't do that and that bugs the crap out of him. On the other hand, one of the horses I grew up on hated tongue pressure of any kind and would fling his head if he didn't have a high port.

I can see them being milder due to tongue room, but I can see them being more severe because of more bar contact and/or touching the palate. Do you feel it ever touches the palate, or not?

That port is low enough that there is no chance of it interfering with the palate unless the horse has a very low one...in which case, I would be using my sweetwater bit on him. The curb chain keeps it from pivoting enough to stick straight up toward the palate.



ETA: The top one is by some no-name company that went out of business years ago. I had hell finding another company that was making them similar, but they seem to be gaining popularity again...thankfully.

The one with the higher port is a Tom Balding that my Dad has had for 30+ years. I've compared similar ones by the same maker now and they seem to run around the $120 mark.

I bought one of those NP sweet iron ones just because at the time it was the only one I could find in that style. It wasn't bad, but I had to do a bit of work on it with the anvil and hammer because the shanks were angled differently when it came out of the box.
     
    02-19-2012, 10:09 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Thank you Smrobs for the link to Chick's. I have heard of them but have never been to their website and wow, do they have a great selection of inexpensive bits or what? I think I saw 1/2 dozen I would like to order.

I think if I get around to it, I will post a link to 2 or 3 and get your opinion on them. I would like to get the first one you posted with the thicker mouthpiece. And I saw a couple of Myler imitations and I would like to try one of those. Oh heck, there were some really cool bits on there!
     
    02-19-2012, 10:18 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Does anyone have an opinion on this?

Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Stainless Steel High Elbow Port Bit

I like the 5 1/2 inch cheeks and I've been wanting to try a shanked Myler but would rather not spend $100 to get one if you know what I mean.

Does this look pretty versatile for a well broke trail horse that is comfortable in a curb?
     

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