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        10-08-2013, 09:12 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    My last gelding, 8 YO paint loved both a French Link Full Cheek and my Loose Ring Thin, Curved single joint snaffle.

    My current boy steam rolls right through those. He's a 7 YO Fjord/QH. Had to upgrade to a Kimberwick and a Broken Medium Port 3 Piece with a 4" shank. He was ground driven extensively as a starter in a big rubber snaffle, which some say comttibutes to a hard mouth.
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        10-08-2013, 09:41 PM
      #12
    Started
    13 yr old Arabian gelding: French link full cheek snaffle because he likes it, use a single jointed snaffle and he pulls and fusses.

    12 yr old Arabian mare: single jointed snaffle for training and trail rides (she doesn't seem to care if it's single or double jointed) and for showing a frog mouth curb.
         
        10-08-2013, 10:10 PM
      #13
    Trained
    3 year old Fjord - Full cheek single jointed snaffle with copper rollers. She's green and when I was letting her try out different snaffles, it was the only one she didn't fuss over and it has worked fine.

    10 year old APHA mare - Sidepull with pressure knots on the noseband. When I got her, I was told she just did not put up with a bit. Tried on my own and failed. We work in this fine, though I can now put a snaffle in her mouth without a fight. I think I'm going to practice with one as a winter project when we're stuck inside just for something to do.
         
        10-08-2013, 11:18 PM
      #14
    Trained
    For my 12 year old Arabian, this one:



    Copper roller in the center, sweet iron, no nutcracker effect, sides move independently...probably a bit more pressure on her tongue than ideal but she is getting used to it. Pulled hard, it should shout "Whoa!" - but I don't think I've actually TRIED pulling hard with it. If finances allow this month, I may try a similar bit with more tongue relief.

    Our 13 year old gelding Trooper gets whatever bit is around. He doesn't seem to care what you put in his mouth, as long as you don't do anything with it...
         
        10-08-2013, 11:33 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    7yo QH Mare - goes well in any type of snaffle. I started her in a rubber covered D ring single joint snaffle then moved to a regular eggbutt single joint snaffle. Her english bridle has the eggbutt & western a D ring (just a standard one not the rubber bit). I've never needed anything stronger with this mare as she's so sensitive in the mouth - which was my goal.

    13yo Arabian Mare - also goes well in any type of snaffle. I ride her in the same eggbutt as my QH mare. The lesson kids ride her in a full cheek mullen happy mouth bit. Just because lesson kids can tend to hace a habit of pulling on their horse's face a lot. She also rides in the same bit for western as the QH mare. I used to ride her in the rubber covered D ring as well, but didn't feel it was necessary. She doesn't care what she rides in.

    16yo WB (Zwiebrucker) Mare - for schooling on the flat we use a D ring double joint (not a french link just has a lozenge). She can power through this bit over fences so we ride in a low port kimberwick with no slots.
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        10-09-2013, 01:25 AM
      #16
    Trained
    4yo paint/Percheron cross gelding. Just ordered a full cheek French link snaffle (I'd prefer one with a lozenge or roller instead of the french link, but right now, this is what I can afford). He prefers the double joint to the single, and the full cheek is because he has the habit of letting the bit slide through his mouth.
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        10-09-2013, 06:56 AM
      #17
    Cat
    Green Broke
    My husband's draft cross goes bitless. Its what he has always been ridden in by my husband and they go well together so no reason to change it.

    My TB mare was in a french-link full cheek snaffle in her previous home. I have a french link loose-ring snaffle that I tried her in and she hated it. I don't think she liked all the movement the loose ring offered. So tried a regular full cheek snaffle and she does great in it and so that is what we stick with.

    I used to have a haflinger that usually rode great, but once in a while would get very head strong and opinionated out on the trail. So when trail riding - especially in rough terrain - I would bump him up into something with a little curb action. Either a low-port kimberwicke or a short-shanked loose-cheek colt bit w/ copper roller. We could ride like normal but there was a bit "extra" there if I needed it. Kept us both safe.
         
        10-09-2013, 07:13 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    My mare goes in a dee ring Waterford. It's not because she pulls or leans, just on a spur of the moment I tried it after being frustrated with a single jointed dee and a French link dee. All of a sudden, no more head flinging. Turns out she has a small mouth anything that touches the roof of her mouth makes her fling her head, she also needs narrower, in diameter, bit.
         
        10-10-2013, 01:19 PM
      #19
    Foal
    3 year old Miniature Gelding- Half Cheek Low Port Correction Bit with roller. I use this bit because my boy has a low/shallow pallet and hates regular snaffles cause they jab him in the mouth. With the independent action of each side I still get a flexation as a snaffle. I use it on the snaffle setting. He drives really well in it. THis is what it looks like.

         
        10-10-2013, 01:51 PM
      #20
    Trained
    We have always used a good old d-ring eggbutt snaffle on all our Paint mares from our finished penned to the greenies when they were young. Just never had a need to have a whole collection of bits.
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