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    03-09-2011, 11:39 PM
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Originally Posted by dally

What about this one? I always wonder what was the english name for this bit ?

If anyone knows?
That is a gag bit. It is not nearly as severe as it sounds.
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    03-09-2011, 11:58 PM
Originally Posted by Allison Finch    
While I appreciate your energy, is all of this work yours? If not, be sure you give credit to the original writers/ photographers.
Yes, all was written by me, with the exception of a few short excerpts in the double bridle and bosal segments, which were written by friends of mine and incorporated to fit the feel of rest of the work. The photos were procured via a Google image search; most are stock images from online tack store catalogs.
    03-11-2011, 10:27 PM
Bought a new bit today!

Well, they only had it in a twisted dogbone mouthpiece, which I wasn't thrilled about, but I wanted the shank so bad I bought it anyway. If it works the way I think it will, it's going to have all the benefits of an Argentine snaffle-type shank, plus the added benefit of the "feel" from the bottom ring, which should allow very subtle cues from the reins to be transmitted via tiny vibrations. I sure won't put snap reins on it--I'll have to use tie-ons, and heavy ones, at that.
    03-16-2011, 11:06 AM
I have a horse with a very soft mouth. He's very responsive. He doesn't like a tight rein and will toss his head if you are heavy handed with him. What kind of bit do you recommend for him? I am using a Tom Thumb, and I now realize that may be part of the head tossing problem, so what do you think I should do?
    03-16-2011, 12:12 PM
Originally Posted by caleybooth    
I have a horse with a very soft mouth. He's very responsive. He doesn't like a tight rein and will toss his head if you are heavy handed with him. What kind of bit do you recommend for him? I am using a Tom Thumb, and I now realize that may be part of the head tossing problem, so what do you think I should do?
Switch to 3 link snaffle with copper or sweet iron (with some taste in it) to give it a try.
    03-16-2011, 01:26 PM
I'd check his teeth first to make sure that it's not a pain issue. And then, yeah, wouldn't hurt to go to a snaffle, if he'll respond to it. Otherwise, a short-shanked curb bit with a three-piece mouth will be similar to what he's used to, but softer at the same time.
    03-19-2011, 02:18 PM
This piece is amazing! I truly wish I had discovered this before while researching bits. They have all changed so dramatically in the past 20 years, I was at a loss. Thanks for this; it gives me something to look back on when needed.
    03-21-2011, 10:09 PM
And thank you for the kind words--I hope this is able to benefit some people; otherwise the work will have been in vain.

And to add, here's a video I made comparing and contrasting Argentine Snaffles and Tom Thumbs:

    05-06-2011, 01:42 PM
Green Broke
What are your thoughts on "Happy Mouth" bits?
    05-06-2011, 01:47 PM
I've never used one, but my understanding is that they are plastic-coated metal, correct? Pretty hard? Flavored, or not?

I've had good luck with rubber or plastic composite bits--with no metal interior--in the past. If you have a chewy horse, he'll gnaw through it over time, and with hard plastic, that can create sharp edges. The key is to make sure that the mouthpiece isn't too thick, because usually it is considerably thicker than a metal bit's. I don't think that HM bits are any "gentler" than metals bits, but rubber ones are due to their give and flex. But if your horse for some reason hates metal, I suppose it's worth experimenting. Some people swear by them.

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