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    08-27-2013, 09:26 PM
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Originally Posted by dbr549    
Here's a pic of this "old" bit he does not seem to care for. I'm sure the rust on it isn't tasty either! I thought this was a snaffle. Can you identify it?

Yes, the beginner will be going for lessons.

I read something about cast iron bits tasting sweet to them. Also read about a roller or ball in the middle of the bit for them to roll in there mouth. I really don't know the advantages of those bits or if I should consider them.
Please, for the sake of all that's humane, throw that thing as far away as you possibly can!!!!! I ride bit less. Sounds shocking, I know, but it is possible! If you must use a bit, please choose (from what I've heard) either an 0-ring or a D-ring snaffle...If your horse can and will ride bit less however, try it! You may be pleasantly surprised, and your beautiful horse will appreciate it :)
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    08-27-2013, 11:57 PM
I have a few rope halter around, I could see how he responds to that. And I have looked into the bit-less bridles. But the fear of a spooked run-away horse with a beginner and a bit-less bridle has crossed my mind.

Thanks for the replies! I think I'll start out trying that french link looking one (for the beginner rider) and see how he also does with the rope halter in the mean time. That could lead into a bit-less in the near future! I just want this big gentle guy to be comfortable.
    09-03-2013, 12:01 PM
I'm having a hard time finding a big enough bit for this horse. I stuck a wooden dowel sideways in his mouth and marked it where he was comfortable with it. It measures 6" out to out of his lips. So I'm looking for a 6 1/4" or 6 1/2" french link this an odd size for a QH? I'm just not finding this size for a bit.
    09-03-2013, 12:49 PM
That is a REALLY odd size for a QH! My draft cross only wears a 5.5".

Try They've got larger bits. Also, you might be able to find some on eBay.
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    09-03-2013, 01:18 PM
Thank you! I'll look into those sites.
    09-03-2013, 03:55 PM
Hmm, no offense, but I'm wondering if you measured him correctly. My full draft horses wear a 6 1/2" bit and they are 17+ hands and almost 2000 pounds.

My half drafts wear a 6" and it's even a tiny bit large on them.

I find it difficult to believe (not impossible, just difficult) that he's going to need a bit that big.

Can you get a picture of the tape measure across the mouth of the bit that you posted here from just inside the shanks? Where the red line is in this picture

Oh, and Drafty, if Aires will really fit into a 5.5" bit with enough room to spare, I figured I would let you know. I've got one of these and the mouth actually measures exactly 5.5". It's a bit big for Dobe, but he and I like it that way.
    09-03-2013, 04:02 PM
I'm going to have to measure him. I like that bit a lot. Have you found it anywhere other than Amazob (it's no longer available on Amazon )?
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    09-03-2013, 04:06 PM
I think they sell it at chicksaddlery.

Though make sure you get the Francios Gaither one, there is another that is an "economy" style that's very similar but I'm not sure if it's as wide.

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    09-03-2013, 04:09 PM
Oooooo!!! Sweet! Not a bad price right now, either. Going to see if I can order that when my new card comes in. :-D
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    09-03-2013, 04:18 PM
I placed a wooden dowel in his mouth. He pulled it back on his own to where the bit usually sits and held it there. His lips had 1 wrinkle at the corners of his mouth. I marked both sides of that dowel (his mouth was kind of pushed out at the corners because of the dowel rod but not excessively), but measures right at 6". So I'm thinking of looking for a 6 1/2" bit. I just wonder if I should look for a 6" bit instead...????? But I was reading it's best to have a 1/4" space on both sides of his mouth. He just a 15.3 QH. I don't know.....the more I read online the more I second guess my decisions!

I have a 5" bit and tried that.....but it was way too small.

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