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    11-22-2009, 11:11 AM
Red face Question!!! Need help with this!!

Okay, I have a 5 year old QH mare that is wonderful with the Wonder Bit. But I want to start reining her and that bit is not allowed in Reining and so I was wondering if any of you Reiners can answer this.
Is there any other bit out there that is like the wonder bit that I can use for reining? I would like to find one that works the same way as the wonder bit. I hate the look of that bit as well. She works well off the wonder bit but she some times likes to rear and fussy with any other bit!! Well I hope you guys can help me!!!
Thanks so Much!!
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    11-22-2009, 11:41 AM
Do you mean this type of wonder bit?

If so, there isn't a western bit like this that is acceptable in the reining arena. I know that it can have shanks but cannot be a gag bit. I don't know whether a broken mouthpiece is acceptable or not. Most reiners use a ported curb bit similar to this for the show ring.

Here is what I copied off of the NRHA website, I don't know if they show you are looking at follows these rules or not.

Section 3.
Included in the infraction of abuse is the
use of illegal equipment. The NRHA Handbook specifies the
following as illegal equipment:

bits and snaffle bits with mechanical devices;

leveraged bits and snaffle bits having mouthpieces
constructed from anything other than smooth rounded material,
(Note: Twisted wire mouthpieces are illegal);

Leveraged bits with mouthpiece bar spaces less than
5/16 or greater than diameter;

nothing may protrude more than 1/8 below the
mouthpiece (bar);

*bits with ports exceeding 3 in height;

*snaffle bits with rings smaller than 2 or larger than
4 in diameter;

*snaffle bits with mouthpieces smaller than 5/16,
measured 1 from the cheek. (Note: It should be noted that
a conventional snaffle can only be broken in one place. A
conventional snaffle may have loose rings. An optional curb
strap is acceptable provided it is loose, however curb chains
are not acceptable. No minimum or maximum width is required,
decorative knots and round material are acceptable.)

rope or leather bosals with wire, iron or mechanical

*bosal larger than 3/4 diameter on the cheek;

twisted curb chains or curb chains with barbs and/or

*wire on bits (Note: Spade bits may have wire wrap
on spacer bar only);

use of tack collars, tie downs, nose bands, electric
shocks, whips or bats;

use of any attachment which alters the movement of

or circulation of the tail.
    11-22-2009, 11:59 AM
Yes That is the same wonder bit that I have!! Bummers, okay If I start her in a ported mouth should it be a correctional bit or should I start her in something small like a smaller ported mouth?
    11-22-2009, 12:03 PM
I would find something with very short shanks (6 inches or shorter if possible) and a solid mouthpiece with a medium port. Also, IMHO, swivel shanks are a must on a curb bit. This is the one that I use on all my horses though I don't know if it would be flashy enough for the show ring.

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    11-22-2009, 01:32 PM
Yeah Well I hope she is okay with the ported mouth but IDK??
If anyone else has any suggestions please let me know!!
    11-22-2009, 10:19 PM
So long as the port is high enough to give her some tongue relief but not so high that it interferes with her palate, it shouldn't be a problem.
    11-23-2009, 10:46 AM
Okay I tried a medium port correctional bit yesterday. We were just lunging and she flipped out on me! It was like looking at a different horse!! I just don't know..
    11-23-2009, 10:52 AM
Were you lunging her with the line attached to the bit? Just asking because some peeps do that with snaffles. I don't know why your horse would flip out with a simple curb bit in her mouth otherwise. Weird.
    11-23-2009, 01:07 PM
Originally Posted by Appyt    
Were you lunging her with the line attached to the bit? Just asking because some peeps do that with snaffles. I don't know why your horse would flip out with a simple curb bit in her mouth otherwise. Weird.
No. I didnt lunge her with the line attached to the bit. I always have a rope halter on under the bridle!! I have had some people tell me that she may need her teeth floated. But IDK.. Its weird for me too!! But she did flip out with the Medium port Correctional bit in her mouth. She tossed her head,bucked,reared. She did it and it was like looking at a different horse!!
    11-23-2009, 01:34 PM
Get her teeth floated if you haven't done it already. Your horse can get used to a bit. Just because she threw a fit with it doesn't mean you can never use a bit on your horse.

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