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post #1 of 4 Old 04-22-2009, 04:45 AM Thread Starter
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the right bit?

Hey im looking for a new bit for my standardbred. hes 17 been off the track since he was 11 and has only really been in work since this time last year. he is currently ridden in a french link snaffle but resists by opening his mouth (i have drop noseband for that) but he just seems rather hard...he can get nervous and worried with his head in the air and all sorts. i was not wanting a harsher bit because i know that won't fix anything and im not a harsh rider i try to be fairly natural; and most horses are word trained which this one used to be but has been out of work over summer. sorry for the essay anyway thinkin of a bit with copper rollers or sweet iron...cant get an expensive myler or pee wee although i would like 1 any suggestions on a gentle bit? he has a fat tongue so i prefer to used lyk french link types or double jointed...any ideas on a good bit for him would be fantastic..thanks heaps in advance
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-22-2009, 02:47 PM
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I'd look at the JP by Korsteel oval mouth copper loose ring snaffle. I love this bit, very comfortable for the horse's mouth.

It's too bad you can't look into the Myler bits. If he opens his mouth that could be a sign that he needs more tongue relief....he might not like the tongue contact. Do you know anyone you could borrow a Myler from with tongue relief to see how he goes in it?
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-23-2009, 01:47 AM
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Hmmm....has he had his teeth done recently? A french link is a very mild bit (well, no bit is mild when in the wrong hands, but when used properly it is). If his teeth are good and he just doesn't like the French link, chance's are he wont like a regular jointed snaffle either. Sweet iron is good because it encourages horses to salivate and relax, and roller bits give nervous horses something to play with. You could try this bit - it's a jointed eggbutt snaffle but it has copper rollers (copper also encourages salivation). This is a Korsteel and it's around $25. http://www.speedyequestrian.co.uk/acatalog/S140268.jpg

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post #4 of 4 Old 04-23-2009, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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i don't know of anyone around here who uses a myler bit but i can look into it. He had his teeth done about this time last year and i will get them checked again but i've had a vet give him a check up not that long ago. He does have a fat tongue and thats why i started using the french link. I've used a KK training bit on him and i think he was slightly better in that but not too sure. Thanks heaps for your help guys it is much appreciated..im going bit shopping tomorrow :)
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