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post #1 of 6 Old 01-21-2009, 09:29 AM Thread Starter
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Need help choosing a bit

I got amber a rubber D-ring snaffle when I first got her as advised by my trainer. But firstly she pulls right through it doesnt really listen to it and she starting to chew the rubber off, so I need to get her a new bit. But honestly I dont know a ton about bits so I could use some help. I want something that I can control her with, something that will be comfortable for her but not to hard I dont want to harden her young mouth, so any advise would me great! Thanks

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post #2 of 6 Old 01-21-2009, 09:41 AM
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I always start my young horses in a simple metal loose ring snaffle. How old is she? How much training has she had? If you prefer something that is a little softer on their mouth, you might look into a french link or a billy allen snaffle. They help prevent that "nutcracker" action. Also, how in the world is she chewing the rubber off? Is the bit placed properly in her mouth? It should rest between her teeth (in front of the molars and behind the incisors). I would work with her to get her more supple. Stay in a small arena or roundpen away from other horses for schooling and work on her mouth. I like to start trotting medium sized circles and every 3/4 of a round, I will ask for a stop. I ask very softly with minimal contact with the bars and keep steady pressure until they stop. The instant that their feet stop moving, release the pressure on their mouth and give 'em a scratch. Soon, they are aware of even the slightest movement of your hands and a feather touch will stop them in their tracks. If this doesn't work, try teaching her a one-rein stop and work on her bending and giving to the bit. Hope this helps.
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Every horse I ride, I ride in this bit at least to start with.

JP Oval Mouth Loose Ring Bit

It is one of the softest bits on the market. In terms of comfort, the mouth piece is curved to follow the shape of their mouth and it has the center link to avoid the nutcracker effect mentioned above. I have never had a horse refuse contact on this bit, nor heard of it from any of the other people I know who use it, unless there was a problem with their horses mouth. And, with proper use, I have never personally had a horse pull through it. Make sure the bridle is fitted correctly and that you have a caveson also adjusted correctly and the rest literally is in your hands.
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-21-2009, 08:27 PM
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If your trainer wants her in a rubber D but it's not enough for her, try her in a Happy Mouth. They are softer than metal but harder than a rubber bit... My horse likes the fact that they're apple flavored too :]
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I would just try a regular snaffle

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post #6 of 6 Old 01-22-2009, 04:07 PM
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Herm Sprenger bits are very good. You can find them used on craigslist too for good prices.

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