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    01-31-2009, 01:32 PM
  #1
Weanling
Rubber Bits vs. Metal

So my horse is in a Korsteel Soft Rubber Racing Dee Snaffle at the moment and does very well in it. However I've been considering moving him up to a metal loose-ring snaffle for the summer.

I guess I should probably state that he resists the bit in his metal full-cheek snaffle; sticks his nose almost straight out in the air, but drops right down into the rubber one.

What's pros and cons between rubber vs. metal? Should I get the loose-ring in rubber or metal?
     
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    01-31-2009, 03:14 PM
  #2
Started
If he goes well in a rubber why do you want to put him in a metal. It will only make his mouth harder... I would rather my horse go in a rubber bit any day.
     
    01-31-2009, 04:18 PM
  #3
Weanling
It depends on the horse. My Arabian is very sensitive-mouthed, so I tried a rubber bit on him...he didn't like it. It didn't allow him to salivate at all and he was real uncomfortable. I put him in a metal snaffle, and he salivates and LOVES it. If it works for your horse, I'd say just stick with the rubber bit ;)
     
    01-31-2009, 07:37 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by My Beau    
If he goes well in a rubber why do you want to put him in a metal. It will only make his mouth harder... I would rather my horse go in a rubber bit any day.
I don't really want to put him in a metal bit, but the rubber doesn't allow him to salivate at all. Also, rubber bits are show legal, aren't they?
     
    01-31-2009, 07:39 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by PiggyPablo    
It depends on the horse. My Arabian is very sensitive-mouthed, so I tried a rubber bit on him...he didn't like it. It didn't allow him to salivate at all and he was real uncomfortable. I put him in a metal snaffle, and he salivates and LOVES it. If it works for your horse, I'd say just stick with the rubber bit ;)
yes, PiggyPablo, said it right. It does depend on the horse.
     
    01-31-2009, 07:43 PM
  #6
Weanling
It can't hurt to try it. I personally prefer metal bits because it allows the horse to salivate, and also, my horses always end up finding a way to chew through the rubber ones >.< lol
     
    01-31-2009, 10:22 PM
  #7
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ne0n Zero    
I don't really want to put him in a metal bit, but the rubber doesn't allow him to salivate at all. Also, rubber bits are show legal, aren't they?
Ok, well it won't hurt to try. Check the rule books for your association, but I've never heard of them being illegal. Also, you could try a happy mouth - sort of in between a rubber and metal. I've seen some slobber mouths with them :p
     
    02-01-2009, 12:00 AM
  #8
Started
I am in CA and I showed a mare I used to have in a happy mouth ... check the rules :)
     
    02-01-2009, 09:02 AM
  #9
Showing
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Originally Posted by My Beau    
If he goes well in a rubber why do you want to put him in a metal. It will only make his mouth harder.
Hard hands make his mouth harder, not the bit.

Local shows are looser on rules then regional ones so it depends on what shows you want to attend. I prefer sweet iron mouth pieces or at the least copper (or copper inset) but not rubber. I try never to use stainless by itself. Many horses don't like the taste.
     
    02-01-2009, 09:17 AM
  #10
Foal
Ussually, the rubber atracks saliva and sucks it in, depending on the brand. But metal its easier for the horses tongue to slip over.
     

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