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post #1 of 18 Old 02-13-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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New (to me) Bit!!!!!!

I got this super cool, fancy bit at a tack sale last weekend and I want some opinions on it. I'm debating using it on my horse. It is an antique, real silver show bit that I got for cheap. At first I thought it would look cool on display or hung on the wall with my other collection of antique bits and spurs. But it would look snazzy on my western pleasure/ reining horse. But it has quite the curve and shank on it and I was wondering if it would be ok to use...
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post #2 of 18 Old 02-13-2011, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 18 Old 02-13-2011, 10:32 PM
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Wow, nice find. The only thing I don't like about it is that it appears the outer edges of the mouthpiece are squared and that would make it a little harsher than if it was round, but if your horse is well trained and you have soft hands, I see no reason at all why you couldn't use it.

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post #4 of 18 Old 02-13-2011, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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That's what I was thinking. I don't want that curve to dig into the roof of her mouth. I might test it out...

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post #5 of 18 Old 02-13-2011, 11:40 PM
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That port is nowhere near tall enough to really affect the palate, especially if the curb chain is adjusted correctly.

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post #6 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 12:11 AM
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That port is nowhere near tall enough to really affect the palate, especially if the curb chain is adjusted correctly.
Good! You know more than the lady at the tack sake who said to me "I would never put a bit with a port like that in my horses mouth! It hurts them!" that is what brought up the question on whether to use it or not. I will have my trainer adjust it on my horse next time I'm out and will take it for a test drive. Thanks for the help! :)
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post #7 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 12:16 AM
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No problem. I am assuming, though, that your horse does neck rein. Am I correct?

If he/she doesn't neck rein, then, no, I wouldn't try to use this bit.

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post #8 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 08:00 AM Thread Starter
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Yes. All of my horses have been trained to neck rein.

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post #9 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 05:54 PM
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Wow, what a find! Obviously only use it as a curb bit, no direct reining and minimal contact. Try shining the silver up with toothpaste.
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post #10 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 06:06 PM
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You decide you dont want it I would defently ride my WP gelding in it. I would take it off your hands. For a profit to you.

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