Rubber Bits vs. Metal - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 25 Old 01-31-2009, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 707
• Horses: 0
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?

Fly Without Wings
Ne0n Zero is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 25 Old 01-31-2009, 03:14 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
Posts: 1,903
• Horses: 3
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.
My Beau is offline  
post #3 of 25 Old 01-31-2009, 04:18 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 682
• Horses: 0
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 ;)

John 14:6 - Jesus said unto him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me."
PiggyPablo is offline  
post #4 of 25 Old 01-31-2009, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Erie, PA
Posts: 707
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by My Beau View Post
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?

Fly Without Wings
Ne0n Zero is offline  
post #5 of 25 Old 01-31-2009, 07:39 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Michigannnn
Posts: 175
• Horses: 0
Quote:
Originally Posted by PiggyPablo View Post
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.

"in a sport you can loose the game, when horseback riding you can loose your life"
zanyoutthere is offline  
post #6 of 25 Old 01-31-2009, 07:43 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
Posts: 624
• Horses: 1
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
xeventer17 is offline  
post #7 of 25 Old 01-31-2009, 10:22 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: USDF Region 1, USEA Area 2, USEF Zone 3 - Maryland
Posts: 1,903
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ne0n Zero View Post
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

Last edited by My Beau; 01-31-2009 at 10:23 PM. Reason: typo
My Beau is offline  
post #8 of 25 Old 02-01-2009, 12:00 AM
Started
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Californian
Posts: 1,979
• Horses: 2
I am in CA and I showed a mare I used to have in a happy mouth ... check the rules :)

:: Karley ::
Tucker WB/TB- 11 yr
Speedy QH/TB- 22 yr
kchfuller is offline  
post #9 of 25 Old 02-01-2009, 09:02 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
Quote:
Originally Posted by My Beau View Post
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.

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.


It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  
post #10 of 25 Old 02-01-2009, 09:17 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Michigannnn
Posts: 175
• Horses: 0
ussually, the rubber atracks saliva and sucks it in, depending on the brand. But metal its easier for the horses tongue to slip over.

"in a sport you can loose the game, when horseback riding you can loose your life"
zanyoutthere is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Soft Bits vs Harsh bits? Velvetgrace Horse Training 48 04-29-2015 09:28 PM
Cleaning horses' bits - no, not those kind of 'bits' Kyani Horse Grooming 79 01-30-2013 01:07 PM
How Do You Cut Rubber Mat? CrufflerSteve Barn Maintenance 8 05-01-2010 12:35 PM
Rubber or no Rubber??? BluMagic Horse Tack and Equipment 8 03-11-2008 06:34 PM
Rubber bit? October Horse Training 19 02-19-2008 05:11 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome