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post #11 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 11:32 AM
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I don't have expensive bits. They are all off label or noname bits except my curb on my double which is arugian and was also a gift. What is important is the shape and size of the bit and if your horse likes it or not. A big consideration is the thickness of the bit, too large and it will be uncomfortable in the horse's mouth, too small and it will be too harsh.
Find out what the owner now is using, and buy one of those. I find my horses go great in the three jointed or kk style bits, or a french link. But what is more important are the hands on the other end of the reins. You don't need a $200 bit, but you do need lessons and of saving money on the bit means you can buy more lessons, then get the cheaper bit. I've never found the really expensive bits to be any different...
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 12:17 PM
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I use a KK Ultra 2-Type with my horse, and he does pretty well in it. When I first got him, I used a knock-off KK Ultra regular loose ring on him, and it ended up pinching the sides of his mouth a little (I wouldn't have even noticed if he didn't have pink skin)

I recently tried out both the Myler Level 1 & 2 comfort snaffles on him; I was curious about them after reading about them and asked my trainer. She uses them on her horses, so let me borrow for a couple rides. I didn't notice much difference between the Level 1 and my regular bit, but did notice him responding better in the Level 2. It wasn't a huge enough difference to run out and buy my own, but if I ever come across a bargain on one I'll probably get it.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-17-2012, 05:29 PM
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I really am a fan of Mylers, but as with all bits and horses it depends on what they like, which Myler you get, and the shape of the bit vs. the mouth.

We have three Myler comfort snaffles at the moment. One level one smooth, a level 2 smooth, and a level 1 twisted. We also have several Myler shank bits in all the levels and various shank lengths. My mare loved the short shank level 2 but absolutely went crazy with the S shank level 3. My colt prefers the twisted level 1 snaffle, anything higher than a level 1 and he doesn't like it much.

I would see about borrowing before you buy one, in differant levels. The higher the level the more tongue relief you get but also the more palate pressure you get. You don't want to end up with a level 3 because someone else's horse works great in it only to find your horse has a shallow palate and can't accomodate a bit like that, but they could manage a level 1 or 2 and still enjoy it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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