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post #1 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Questions about bits that you use on your pony/horse to help with my college course

Just wondering if people could write down the type of horse they have, what bit they use and why they use it? would help great with my college project im doing :)!
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post #2 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 04:39 PM
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I am using a bosal right now. My 9 year old paint mare has only 8 months of saddle training. When she progresses farther, I will introduce a Spanish spade bit..i am building a true bridle horse, I can up to 5 years before she is in my mind truely broke
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Just wondering if people could write down the type of horse they have, what bit they use and why they use it? would help great with my college project im doing :)!
6 y/o QH mare. I use a Full Cheek French Link because it's mild and I find it effective for schooling a green horse.

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19 yr old Fox Trotter mare and 20 yr old Mustang gelding used for trail riding in the mountains. They both go super well in this bit:

Myler HBT Shank #89-20335 Myler Bits (Supplies Tack - Bits - Working)

The Mustang goes well in almost anything, but I tried a LOT of bits on my Fox Trotter and she does amazingly well in this one. There are other bits that she down-right hated, like anything with a snaffle or dog-bone mouthpiece.
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post #5 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 05:41 PM
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On my QH mare I use a tom thumb, mainly because that's the only bit she likes (I haven't ever rode her in a snaffle and her previous owner said that she could spit it out of her mouth, I'll be trying her in one when I'm breaking her to drive so we'll see!). I also use a halter when we're going for a quick ride or just riding bareback (I do have a bosal but I'm too lazy/forget to adjust it to her!)

On my gelding I typically use a snaffle when we ride western or do ground work and when we're doing english I use what I think is an egg butt snaffle? It's some type of english snaffle I know that much! I use it on him because he loves it when the rider has severe contact on his mouth (due to insecurities on his part, I don't want to seem like a cruel person who can't ride so I'm gonna clarify, I don't like as much contact as he does but when you can't beat em join em right?) with the snaffle I feel it's safer to give him what he wants. And he doesn't need a harsh bit, just something to relay the contact with.
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post #6 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 06:12 PM
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13 y.o. TB gelding: a ported curb bit for ranch work, and a Pelham for polo. If I'm determined to just check water and grass, maybe open or close a gate, he goes in a bosal.

Also ride a polo mare that goes in a gag for polo, but a wonder bit for exercising or ponying.

Most of the other horses I ride go in a curb for exercising and pelhams or gags for polo. One goes in a Tom Thumb when she's used to pony others.
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post #7 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 07:36 PM
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7 year old gelding, loose ring single joint snaffle.

I'm a big believer in less is more. I originally wanted him in a french link, but he didn't like it. Tried a kk ultra bit, hated it even more. So clearly the double joints didn't sit well with him. Tried a regular snaffle next, and boom, he was happy as a clam.
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post #8 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 08:16 PM
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QH , 4 year old very head strong
She gets ridden with a D-ring snaffle (sweet iron with copper inlay) with a training fork,
If Im not using the training fork shes in a shank that is the same other then the shank on it.
Horses should be kept in the most gentle bit as possible , so thats why , the training fork/and shank bit alternation is to help develop a better headset! :)
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post #9 of 25 Old 10-08-2013, 08:39 PM
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i have different bits for different things...

My favorite bit for doing slow/schooling work is my Myler Level 1 D-Ring. Its gentle, my horses work well in it and seem to enjoy it.

I start horses in a french link full cheek snaffle. It helps getting the concept of turning down having the full cheek piece as a reinforcement. Plus the bit will not slide through their mouth.

I have a Junior cowhorse, 3 piece mouthpiece with a copper roller, 5 inch shanks. I use this on one of my horses for gaming events. The majority of my horses dont like this bit, so I rarely use it.

The most common speed event bit i have is a gag/hack. 3 piece mouth. One of my horses is a very strong runner and will blow through the events. Its not a training error, hes the best horse we have, but is strong in the arena.

I have a sweet six bit with a large chain mouthpiece that i adore. But my upcoming barrel horse is not ready to move into that yet.

I have various other bits as well. I like my hack and trail ride in it frequently.

Just depends on what im doing and where im going...
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10 yr old OTTB - Full Cheek Snaffle. I use this because he was quite green when I got him. He is also a bit stiff in the neck and likes to lean on the bit instead of carrying himself. In the next few months, I will be trying him in a French Link Loose Ring Snaffle to see how he goes in it. I will be using the Loose Ring as the ring discourage the leaning and fixing of his neck.

15 yr old Andy x TB/Riding Pony - Full Cheek Snaffle. He was not mouthed properly and has a heap of evasions up his sleeve that despite the best efforts of me, both my coaches (one of whom is on the Australian Dressage Team) and a professional trainer, we have not been able to correct him. The full cheek is good for him as it prevents him opening his mouth to let the bit slide through his mouth and also the full cheeks gently reinforce my rein aids when asking for flexion.
For XC and SJ he is ridden in a Pelham. I have spent many hours jumping both in an arena and on the XC course in so many different bits that I have lost count. The Pelham offers the same guidance on the sides of his mouth. The leverage action of the bit and the curb make it hard for him to ignore half halts and lower his head to run through the bit (as he likes to take off and not stop - more problems stemming from not being broken in properly). I can use minimal pressure with him and we can make it around a cross country course with out too many problems.

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