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post #1 of 28 Old 03-11-2011, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb New kind of bit...?

Actually, I don't know exactly how great or not this bit is, but I thought of the concept one day and googled it to see if it existed. It took a lot of digging, but I found it. (By the way, don't google this in images, for your own sake. Apparently they're not just for horses.)

It's a leather bit with regular metal cheekpieces, sold by a site based in Norway.

First, go here: Tools - Google Translate
Scroll all the way down until you see the different languages in blue boxes. Pick the one you speak (for me, English) and drag it to your bookmarks bar (not the drop-down list) on your browser.

Next, go to freehorse.no. Click on the language you just put on your browser (unless you're fluent Norwegian) and it'll translate most everything.
Click on the left-hand menu where it says Bit. You'll see them. It also give a good description of each.
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The Original and the Pelham.

The Original

Horse wearing the Original. I would probably prefer it to just act like a regular snaffle, being able to attach to a bridle and such.

A well-worn Original bit.

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I'm thinking this could be a good medium between bits and bitless, and could be a good trail or 'home' bit. Maybe a starting bit? Of course, it's not going to be as refined as a dressage bit, but what the heck.
I wonder how hard these would be to make?

The price is a bit (okay, a lot) steep, though... $104 American dollars for the Meroth Original Laerbitt and $232 for the Meroth Pelham Laerbitt, but with reins. Not including shipping and customs into your country.

What about metal bits wrapped in a thin layer of leather? I imagine leather would also help with the nutcracker effect of single-jointed snaffles, too. We use leather everywhere else on our horses, why not our bits?!
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Have you tried to chew the leather yourself? I'm not being sarcastic in any way, but it tastes awful (unlike bits some of which has very pleasant taste and yes, I did try the bits before buying them ). I wouldn't put THAT in my horse's mouth. But to each own.
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Lol, no, I don't think I've ever tried tasting leather.

The site mentions a few times to soak the bit in sunflower oil to both soften up the leather and to 'give a taste the horses like'.
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Yeah, no.

My Arab gelding chewed through a set of reins in double fast time. That bit might take longer, but I'm sure he'd manage.

Rubber covered metal or regular metal bits attached in the regular way to a bridle are just fine and dandy with me.
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I'm confused. If there is no head stall to put poll pressure on the horse what exactly does the pelham do other than add crub chain pressure?

And why is this a step between bitless and bits?

Having something in the mouth is OK if it is not attached to the rest of their face?
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Speed Racer- lol. How did he get ahold of a set of reins? The site says: "The thickness of Meroth Pelham lærbitt is about 11-14mm. The width (which will rest on lanene) is about 16-17 mm." If that helps any. (I think lanene is the gums.)

Always Behind- I think the pelham is designed to be attached to a bridle. Why the snaffle-ish one is meant to be without a headstall, I don't know.
It seems a common reason to go bitless is to be softer on/preserve the mouth, and, avoiding the "any bit can be harsh in the wrong hands" or vice versa argument, I would think leather would be a bit softer than metal, yeah?
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I don't know. There are all kinds of nasty chemicals that are used during the leather tanning process that I would be uncomfortable putting in my horse's mouth. Besides, all my horses like their metal bits just fine.

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Speed Racer- lol. How did he get ahold of a set of reins?
Entirely my fault. He was tacked and in his stall, and someone distracted me and I took my eyes off him. I knew he was mouthy, and it didn't take him any time at all to chew through my favorite reins.

Bitless bridles aren't any less harsh than bits; the pressure points are just different. It's not so much what you use as how you use it. Even the softest snaffle or comfortable bitless bridle can be a torture device in the wrong hands.

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smrobs- "The leather is treated only with vegetable oil and is of very good quality. It is completely free of chemical additives."


So I guess the general consensus is 'not needed'? Dang. I was hoping for the next best thing. :P
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I would think leather would be a bit softer than metal, yeah?
Well, it's not about being softer. Bit is not for horse to break teeth on or bite it during a ride. Unless the horse chomps on bit (which can be a pain or teeth issues and should be carefully looked into) they kinda "suck"/chew the bit, play with bit, etc. If you don't like the bit then go with bitless - nothing wrong with it either if horse likes it. But just the idea of chewing strip of leather is pretty awkward IMHO. I believe it was used while back by native americans, but I can be wrong.

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