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post #11 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 06:54 PM
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I would actually get some silver polish, if it's real silver, to get it nice and shiny again. Since you won't be cleaning that part that actually goes into the horse's mouth, it should be okay. I would love to see what it looks like all shined up and new looking. Beautiful bit.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 07:33 PM
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SCORE!! :) I would definitely try it out. With such a high port and long shanks, I wouldn't do much contact with the mouth.

Take a picture when you put in on her! :)

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post #13 of 18 Old 02-14-2011, 07:42 PM
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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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Do you share this bit with Soul.

You need to know that one bit does not fit all horses or do you both ride the same horse?
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-15-2011, 10:33 AM
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Nice bit, good balance. Nice tongue room. I doubt it's silver, likely an alloy known as monel, or alpaca containing nickle. You will need a set of rein chains to use this bit. If you google rein chains you will likely find American retailers. One end is a small S hook and the other end has a ring for attaching your reins. The swept back shanks give the horse more warning than straighter shanks.
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-17-2011, 03:10 PM
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Originally Posted by GeminiJumper View Post
SCORE!! :) I would definitely try it out. With such a high port and long shanks, I wouldn't do much contact with the mouth.

Take a picture when you put in on her! :)
can you explain this more for me please, I ride in plain snaffles or a jointed pelham... so this is new to me the sold port and long shank, is that why there is a connecting bar at the bottom of the shanks (cause you see that on other longer shanks as well) or is it for visual appeal? and the grater of the angle of the shank the less harsher it is? is that true as well? and what are the different level of ports actually do and for?
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-17-2011, 03:25 PM
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Country Girl, the bar across the bottom is commonly called a slobber bar and, on this particular bit, is more for show. The original purpose of those bars was to prevent a rope from getting up between the shanks and doing damage to the horse's mouth during ranch work.

The angle of the shank dictates how much warning the horse gets before the bit is actually engaged. A bit with straight shanks gives very little warning so the pressure the horse feels goes from nothing to full power with very little time between.

The different port sizes change how the bit works on the mouth and where the horse feels the pressure. With a low or no port (mullen) the horse feels more pressure on his tongue. An average size port like the one posted would work almost solely on the bars. When you start getting into the higher ports like a Cathedral port, then it works on the bars and the palate of the horse.

Here is a thread that talks about all the different types of western and shanked bits if you want to learn more.
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post #17 of 18 Old 02-17-2011, 03:42 PM
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Thanx smrobs...
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post #18 of 18 Old 02-18-2011, 05:39 PM
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The design is really nice. The bit itself looks sort of painful. I know I would never want that in my mouth if I were a horse. I have never liked most of those types of bits, but it would be very gorgeous for a display-type circumstances. Which pretty much what most shows are with horses.
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