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post #1 of 7 Old 07-31-2010, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
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Old Bit, New Owner.

One of my friends today told me that since they didn't like my current bit (a full cheek) they were going to get me a D-Ring and give it to me for free.

My first question is: If my horse is doing well in a full cheek, should he be okay in a D-Ring too? I mean, isn't a D-Ring is pretty much the same thing as a full cheek, just without the long "arms"? It still has lateral steering, right?

My second question: What should I do to disinfect the bit if it isn't already clean?

Third Question: My horse isn't particularily fussy about anything, so he should be fine with a chage of the cheek piece of a bit, right? The mouthpiece will be the same though.
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-31-2010, 07:04 PM
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The D-ring change shouldn't really be a problem for your horse, especially if the mouthpiece is the same. You are correct about the D-ring shape acting similarly to the full cheek in terms of lateral pressure, though it might not be quite so pronounced.

As far as getting it clean... I usually soak my bits in hot soapy water for a half hour or an hour or so and then run it through my diswasher to get it really clean and well rinsed.

Of course, parents/husbands/non horse people are sometimes horrified to find out that a horse's bit was in the same dishwasher as their dishes. Honestly though, my horse's bits are wayyy less gross than some of the greasy dishes that have sat in the sink for a day. It all comes out clean in the end.
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post #3 of 7 Old 07-31-2010, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the quick reply!

Do you think if I just took a sponge and some water and sponged it off really well with maybe a bit of soap that would clean it off well enough?
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If you use the bit keeps with the full cheek (fulmer) you have more of a leverage bit so in the D ring you might find it harder to slow him down or get his head down. The D ring is used on most race horses so they have good turing power and stuff and they don't slip through the mouth so you should be good but if your bit is working why change!?!?!?!
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post #5 of 7 Old 07-31-2010, 07:09 PM
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Oh, and use Herm Sprenger diamond paste, it works wonders, also if you have time put it in the dish washer, that will clean it and definitly disinfect it, thats what we do in pony club.
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-31-2010, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Well, my friend that is going to give me the bit said that the judges in hunter shows in my area tend to like D-Rings better, plus both of us just wanted to see how he would do in a different bit.

I'm the type of person who likes to experiment with different things. :p

Also, I don't use the bit keepers... I've never found the need to. :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 07-31-2010, 07:19 PM
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I think that if a full cheek works well, then why change it? You can always do it just to see if it works, I've done stuff like that with my horse. In fact, I just switched my horse to a D ring. It might take some getting used to, my horse was used to a stronger bit, so it took him a day or two to "respect" the new big.

If the horse responds well to the bit, and is working correctly (in frame, on the bit, etc) in a show, the judges shouldn't really care whether or not it's a full cheek or D-ring.
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