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    06-21-2012, 06:51 PM
O ring combination bit

What do you guys think of an O ring comnination bit? Iv always been courious about them. Good, bad?
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    06-21-2012, 07:04 PM
I like the idea of the nose band and being a simple snaffel? Anyone ever tried one? I put up a picture of one, not that im really looking at that particular brand. I also don't think I would need a twisted wire snaffel. Just a plain one but to give you an idea

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    06-21-2012, 08:21 PM
I like combo bits. That said, I make my own because A) I don't usually need a thin twisted wire bit and B) O-rings (loose rings) need to be fitted bigger than most bits and they usually only come in 5".
Looserings really do pinch the corner of the mouth, so even though my mare fits in a 5", she needs a 5 1/2" loosering in order to get the joint away from her lips.
And remember that looserings can easily be pulled through the sides of the mouth, which means you need to adjust them tighter than with a normal bit, which puts increased pressure on the poll and lips.
I prefer a 6" frenchlink loosering adjusted as low enough that there's no pressure on the lips.
After that I just grab a western leather curb strap and buckle it onto the bit over the nose. Works just the same as a storebought one.
    06-21-2012, 08:43 PM
That is kind of a good idea to make your own like that! Thanks for the helpful infomation
    06-21-2012, 08:50 PM
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Personally, I have no use for them. The one that was posted with the twisted wire mouth would never come inside the door of my tack room.
    06-22-2012, 12:27 AM
Is it just because its twisted? I didnt want a twisted one and stated that already, but how come you don't like them? I like to hear oppinions either good or bad any why :)
    06-22-2012, 02:18 PM
Originally Posted by Casey02    
Is it just because its twisted? I didnt want a twisted one and stated that already, but how come you don't like them? I like to hear oppinions either good or bad any why :)
I feel the same way about twisted bits, especially twisted wire bits- they're MUCH harsher than a smooth bit, and the wire ones are quite thin as well, which again increases the harshness.

I was bit shopping a few weeks ago and tried going to one manufacturer's website to learn a little more about the bit and saw this one while I was there.

(1/8" twisted wire) It made me go and quickly forget about buying from that manufacturer! The bit I was looking into turned out to have too thin a mouthpiece, but nothing like that one!

ETA- Glad you aren't planning on getting something twisted for your horse
    06-22-2012, 02:29 PM
Oh no I don't want anything like that!! Do you know anything about the O ring?
    06-22-2012, 03:04 PM
I ride dressage, and loose ring snaffles (either single or double jointed) are definitely the most common kind of bit used. They're mild bits and I've never had a problem with a horse not going well in one.

They can pinch a little bit- before I changed my bit, my horse wasn't showing any signs of discomfort while riding with a regular loose ring, but I could see that the corners of his mouth were red after riding. He has light pink skin, so I would guess it would show up more on him than on horses with darker skin. I ended up switching him to a "pinchless" style loose ring and no longer see the corners of his mouth get red. If pinching is a concern for you, there are also companies that make a http://www.amazon.com/Loose-Ring-Pinchless-Western-Snaffle/dp/B003LVNZPW of the pinchless snaffle, which are typically a bit thinner, and only seem to come in 5" single-jointed, but are also much cheaper. I looked into getting one of these to try before shelling out for the more expensive bit, but the only ones I could confirm the mouthpiece thickness were less than 10mm (the minimum to be show legal for dressage).

I've never used or noticed the nose strap being used, so I'm not much help on the combination part of your question

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