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    07-19-2012, 02:33 PM
Just wanted to add that my chain bit is a snaffle.
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    07-19-2012, 04:46 PM
I use a tom thumb grazing bit (yes I know alot of people don't like them, but my gelding was trained in it and it works for him) and a loose ring snaffle for my mare (when she accepts it).
I still don't understand the purpose of this bit?? Is it for a more advanced horse with a soft mouth or a horse with a very hard mouth who likes to take the bit and run??
My gelding was trained rather harshly (not by me, I was too young at the time) and he has somewhat of a hard mouth, some days he's fine, and others he'd rather take the bit and run, though he is bomb proof.
    07-19-2012, 05:16 PM
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Texasgirl I would agree with them about the spade bit, if you need to drive a point into the roof of a horses mouth to have control then you have a serious problem.

Invisible aids are possible in the simplest of double jointed french link snaffles (which physics and equine anatomy dictates is one of the mildest bits available) so there is no excuse that you need a severe bit to give a little aid.
    07-19-2012, 05:29 PM
Chains are a very controversy topic.

In my experience horses either LOVELOVELOVE chain bits or HATE them. The chains I have in my tack room are not small chains either, they are thicker, smooth links. They conform to the mouth. The horses I have ridden that love them are so soft, so supple, wonderful to ride in. But, if horses don't like them, they let you know. I definitely do not go to a chain first thing but it's always an option for me.

Sure, they're plenty cruel if you have someone who is yanking and pulling and tearing off their horse's face. But ridden lightly, no problem. Just sitting in the mouth doesn't hurt the horse at all, nor does a little touch with your hand.
    07-19-2012, 05:32 PM
Faye I hate to be snarky, but if every horse was able to be ridden in a french link (which I do like by the way) then we wouldn't see top grand prix events, NFR barrel racers, polo players, etc going up to stronger bits for refinement.
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    07-19-2012, 06:34 PM
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Be as snarky as you want since your information is incorrect. I have seen grand prix dressage done in a snaffle, it is not allowed internationaly but it is allowed by BD.

Polo players don't do it for refinement they use harsh bits because their horses are not all that well schooled and are galloping in a group. They don't perticularly give a **** about whether they rip the horses mouth to shreds provided the horse turns. We have 15 polo ponies on the yard and I wouldnt subject any horse to the treatment that is apparently normal in polo.

Icant comment on barrel racers as it isnt a sport we have here however pc mounted games upto and including international level is done in snaffles.
    07-19-2012, 06:56 PM
There is nothing wrong with a chain bit. I agree with Sorrel, not all horse like them but I have ridden in some that love them.

If all horses liked the same kind and amount of pressure there would not be much need for variety in bits!

I had a horse that did not ride well in a typical curb, he liked a snaffle with a life saver, but loved a chain bit. He was an extremely sensitive horse. He liked the fact that chain distributes the pressure through out rather than in one area or another, but that is depending on how it is used exactly. Also because of the chain you are able to use each side independently. I found that it worked really well for lifting shoulders which is why I think a lot of speed event people like them.
    07-19-2012, 11:18 PM
Perhap Faye, just like my barrel mare can be ridden in a snaffle. Reiners go up to curbs for refinement. Dressage riders up to double bridles for refinement. The list goes on.

Cowchick, you bring excellent information to the table as always of course. Agreed 100% with the above ^^
    07-19-2012, 11:19 PM
I should also add I don't like the chains on my bits to be rough or pinchy. Mine all have thicker links, very smooth, and on the side have a rounded metal piece so it doesn't rip up their lips. I've not had a horse ever be hurt from one.
    07-19-2012, 11:26 PM
I just noticed that the one person dead set against them is an english rider and the rest are all western (or primarily western). Hmmmm...anyway, I think that a thick and smooth chain is quite gentle as the many breaks distribute the pressure across more of the horse's mouth. It can be harsh though if someone repeatedly see-saws.

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