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post #1 of 17 Old 09-07-2012, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Odd Bit Size 4 3/4

so what is everyone's solution to an odd sized bit?

My wife's mare currently has a 4 1/2" bit and it's just a bit too small so fine for light riding but not really fine.

5 " is too big so 4 3/4" would be just right.

Ordered a 4 3/4" curb from a website that also had them listed on e-bay...wrong bit showed up and now they are told the bit isn't made anymore (SUPER irritated with the company although they are handling things ok, but still got our hopes up)

Will a 5" shimmed down with bit guards work? In my mind I say yes but then the port wouldn't be proportional as compared to a 4 3/4 or 4 1/2 bit.

At my wits end trying to find one and every one being a dead end lead...hoping that my new horse (yipee) isn't quite the pain to shop for.
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 09:40 AM
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I know how you feel. My qh goes in 5 1/4 + must be eggbutt, so it was a pain to find one right size, right metal, right mouthpiece + eggbutt. In your case I'd keep looking personally. I'm sure you can find something out there this size in configuration you want (just may take some time). Look into used ones too: if they made them, there is a good possibility someone is selling one.

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post #3 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 10:05 AM
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My horse takes a 4 3/4 too. It's been awful trying to find them!!! A local tack shop has some snaffles in 4 3/4, this is their site - Sue's Tack Shop - I don't know if they ship but they've been very helpful in the past so if you explain the situation I'm sure they would.

If it's got to be a curb, though, I have seen a few on horseloverz.com - I've never ordered from them, so I have no idea what their customer service is like (that's not where you got the wrong one from, is it?) but a friend of mine recommends them.

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post #4 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 10:11 AM
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Actually I just did a search on horseloverz.com - and there's actually a lot of 4 3/4 bits on their site. Woohoo! All the other major sites - horse.com, chick's saddlery, jeffers equine - just don't seem to carry them.

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post #5 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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horseloverz is the one that sent the wrong one :-/

I've got mixed emotions: the bit I ordered was listed on e-bay AND on their site so I really expected to get it.

Wrong one showed up BUT they did find a similar one with bigger shanks and a medium port so not really going to fit the bill since the pony is best with a mild curb just one of those less is more type of ponies and more is going to be too much.

So anyway, not sure how I feel on the company, they have been honest and straight forward good prices. Just a bit grr on the situation but partially becuase I FINALLY found it to only be let down again.

Might have to try some new styles and see how she does...
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 09:23 PM
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Another 4 3/4 owner off to scan Sue's Tack Shop
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 09:31 PM
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Rubber bit guards. Round rubber/plastic disks that take up some of the slack by placing one on each side. The rubber ones are better than the plastic. I think they're about $4 pr.
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post #8 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 10:26 PM
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My Morgan mare took a 4 3/4" bit. I have a Korsteel 4-3/4" french link eggbutt bit for sale. Excellent condition. Asking $20. Firm. Message me if you are interested.
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-08-2012, 11:49 PM
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I have a 4 3/4 inch full cheek, single jointed I could sell to you if you would like. I bought it used and used it very little, Casey didn't like it.

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post #10 of 17 Old 09-09-2012, 07:45 AM
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You could try looking for a metric-sized bit. 12cm equates to 4 3/4", but whether you'll find one over there I can't say.

The problem with bits is there are few manufacturers nowadays and those in the Far East stick to volume sellers, which means 'standard' sizes (because of tooling costs). Abbey Saddlery in the UK would make you a one-off, but you'd have to wait and it wouldn't be cheap :(

As far as port width/height goes, my experience is modern bits, from the same manufacturer but of different widths, have the same size port. It's down to manufacturing costs again.
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