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  • Horse bit for low palate / thick tongue

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    06-09-2010, 07:27 PM
Opinions needed on what bit to use....

I'm planning on starting my Shire gelding under saddle later this summer [he's just about 3 y/o], and have a few questions about bits.

Right now I've been doing ground work/prepping for riding with him in a loose ring french link snaffle [have also tried 2 other single jointed snaffles in the past] but I have a feeling it's not working for him - he doesn't complain [except for taking the bridle on & off, which I'm not sure is even connected to the bit or not, either way we are working on it], but he does have a really low palate as well as quite a thick tongue and there is something about the way the bit sits in his mouth that I don't like [almost looks like the link jabs him in the top of his mouth?], as well as it pinches his lips pretty badly.

Does anyone have any suggestions or advice? I've been doing lots of research, but there are SO many different types of bits and it just confuses me. If you need anymore info, let me know!
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    06-09-2010, 07:32 PM
If he has a low palate and thick tongue, what about a Myler bit with tongue relief? I really like Myler bits, personally. They're really well made, and a great bit.
    06-09-2010, 08:47 PM
I would definitely reccomend a thinner bit that is ergonomically shaped - Especially is he has both a low palate AND a thick tongue - there just isn't much room in that mouth!

There are a few things you could try - First, as JDI mentioned, is a Myler comfort snaffle. I'm a big fan of these bits. They have a smooth, thin mouthpiece with inlaid copper strips to make them taste sweet. They have a unique type of joint, which eliminates any nutcracker action and also prevents them from completely collapsing on the bars of the mouth. They are also curved to fit the anatomy of the mouth better. You can get a myriad of different mouthpieces and cheek pieces - For your boy I would suggest a Level 1 with a D ring, half spoon or full cheek. The cheeks will help him understand lateral aids. Here are a few examples:

You coudl also try him in a mullen mouth bit, as the lack of a join means it won't collapse on the bars of the mouth, and it won't nutcracker onto the palate. You definitely want a curved one to accomodate his tingue, maybe even a low port.
    06-09-2010, 09:36 PM
Thanks so much for all of the suggestions! I think I'm going to try the Myler comfort snaffle first, and then go from there. The only thing that sucks is that he needs a 6 1/2 size bit, which is a pain in-the-you-know-what to find. Off to go searching!
    06-09-2010, 09:52 PM
Oh boy, that is one big mouth! Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
    06-09-2010, 10:27 PM
Green Broke
Oh, if you go to Toklat - Horse Tack - Saddle Pads - Horse Riding Apparel there is a bitting assistant to help you pick which Myler bit would be best. It takes a day or so after you fill it out, but I was actually called by Mr. Myler himself!!
    06-09-2010, 10:35 PM
^^ Tell me about it! That's one of the major cons of owning a Draft - tack is SO hard to come by, especially where I live, and when you do find it it's crazy expensive. The things we do [and money we spend] for our horses, LOL. I'll keep everyone updated on how it goes!

^ Awesome! I think I'll fill the form out later on tonight after chores.
    06-10-2010, 12:49 AM
^ You know the arrow rule!!! (Very exciting.. haha!)

Good luck in your search - I think a Myler is the way to go
    06-10-2010, 04:19 AM
I agree with trying the mullen mouth so he won't feel that nutcracker effect. Myler bits are also great bits.

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