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    08-27-2010, 04:54 AM
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Foal
Picking a bit

Hi! I just recently bought a 4 year old paint gelding who is well started, but his previous owner used several different bits on him from snaffles to heavy curbs. I am trying to pick a starting point... What should I try first? I have to admit I am not very bit-saavy; while I was growing up our horses just had "bits",m I never learned much about them. He gives to the bit quite nicely and carries his head well. I am going to do mostly trail riding with him, and use western tack. What does everyone else use/like?
     
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    08-27-2010, 05:15 AM
  #2
Showing
If you would like, you could probably start out in a simple snaffle just to see if that's the type of bit that you both get along with well. If you were to decide you wanted a little bit more refinement, you can get that in a simple, gentle curb bit.

This is almost identical to the bits that I use on all my horses after they graduate up from the snaffle in their training and I have yet to find a horse that didn't like it and ride well in it. The port is high enough for tongue relief but not so high as to interfere with the roof of the mouth. Plus, the shanks swivel for the occasional needed one-rein correction. And they are very short shanks so this is one of the mildest curb bits you can find.
Pinchless Low Port Reining Bit - Horse.com
     
    08-28-2010, 11:52 PM
  #3
Weanling
I use a curb bit with a dogbone mouthpiece made out of sweet iron. My horse seems to like it much better than anything else I tried on her. After my husband and our riding buddies saw how much she liked it, they switched their horses to it and are really happy with it.

Unfortunately, I don't think you can buy them like this, I use an "interchangable" bit and had to look around some to find the mouthpiece.
     

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