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    02-15-2012, 10:22 PM
  #11
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I think I might want a roller in the port? I'm really not sure. I only found one bit online that had a roller in the port though.....
     
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    02-15-2012, 10:36 PM
  #12
Green Broke
If you don't mind me asking, what are the advantages of a correction bit? I've only ever tried one with one horse and he hated it. To me, the squareness of the port looks severe. But I am not really familiar enough with them to know.

Why would you choose that over a regular high or medium port curb bit?

Why would you want the abrupt corners on the port?

I ride in curb bits frequently, but use something more like this:

http://www.smartpetz.net/training-pr...d-shank-c-bit/

So I guess I am just curious what circumstances a person would choose a correction bit over another curb?
     
    02-16-2012, 10:11 AM
  #13
Ink
Weanling
What abrupt corners? I like the corrections bits because the parts swivel independently of each other which allows for more subtlety in your cues and occasional direct reining without engaging the entire bit.
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    02-16-2012, 10:16 AM
  #14
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Riley actually doesn't like a solid bit as much. I'm thinking, to him, it may be more harsh. He seems happier in the correction bit. My new trainer mentioned that I may need a roller. I was going to wait two weeks before I take another lesson which was why I was kind of asking for the advice here. But I think I may try to sneak one this weekend. (I have the vet coming on Monday for shots and chiro so the RESPONSIBLE thing would be to wait two weeks for a lesson)...

Anyway... I am pretty ignorant on bits. My horse Pistol used the same copper roller D ring his entire show career and I still have that bit on his bridle. He had a western bit that was probably a tom thumb now that I think of it. It's collecting dust somewhere since he only gets ridden about once every 6 months anymore. He's 28 this year....
     

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