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post #1 of 64 Old 07-19-2012, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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Question The purpose of a chain bit?

I was looking through my Smith Brothers catalog and I seen a chain bit. I was wondering what is the purpose of this kind of bit? Is it easier on their mouth and tongue? I just don't understand the reason to be putting a chain in a horses mouth. Could someone explain this to me please. Thanks!!

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post #2 of 64 Old 07-19-2012, 08:35 AM
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it is a very harsh bit that should have been banned many years ago,

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OMG are you serious?? That's horrible, and all these "highly recommended and accredited" trainers are using them!!! That's just cruel. I'm glad I asked about this before I made a mistake in using it as a training tool.
Are they trying to ruin good horses just to get credit and make money??

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How is it a cruel bit? I have a chain snaffle and I love it and all my horses go great in it. The chain is wide and conforms around their tongue. Way nicer than some of the twisted wires I've seen...
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the twisted wire is anouther bit I wouldnt have anywhere near my horse.
The wire bit will pinch on each link and it also transfers a lot of pressure onto a very small area (the thickness of the wire) so would be more painful, It will press on both toungue and bars and god help the horse if they try to move thier toungue at all.

A chain bit is NOT a gentle bit

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I really like my chain bit, unless you are hauling on it, it sits nice and flat in their mouth. Bits are cruel, hands are !
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Exactly gypsy. A smooth snaffle can be made cruel pretty quickly with a pair of grabby hands.
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I don't buy that one, yes anybit in the wrong hands can be severe but even in light hands some bits are still cruel.

Look at the physics of how the bit works!
If your horse needs a chain or twisted wire bit then there is some thing seriously wrong with the horses schooling or its mouth has been ruined by similar hideous bits.

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*sigh* .. the same thing is said about a spade bit ...

"If your horse needs a ____________ bit then .... "

Then there are the folks that don't believe in bits at all ..

"If your horse needs a BIT, then ....."

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post #10 of 64 Old 07-19-2012, 12:41 PM
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I've used a chain gag/hack on a horse before and never had a problem. The horse was my lease horse and that's what her owners have used on her. The links are large and it doesnt cause any discomfort for her. She responds very well and enjoys the bit.

There are other horses that use it too and every horse that uses it responds very well to it. Its a favorite bit for 3 out of 4 of their riding horses.
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