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        06-26-2009, 02:12 PM
    Should I switch?

    Let me start out by saying I don't really have any problems riding my horses in these bits.

    I ride my OTQH in a slow twist snaffle or a plain D ring snaffle.

    I ride my grade mare in a rubber snaffle

    The pony gets a pony sized eggbutt plain snaffle.

    I have heard that french link snaffles are better because of the tripple joint. Is this true? Would we benefit from switching even though I really don't have problems with the current bits? Would we start to have problems?

    We just ride around the house and are easing into trail riding. So no showing or jumping or anything and all direct rein. I know the old saying if it aint broke but if the french link is a better bit and would make them happier well I would like to try it out.
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        06-26-2009, 02:16 PM
    The french-link snaffles have less pressure and make snaffles "nicer". Without a french-link you have more control over a horse that may need it. But don't change your bit if it's unnecessary.
        06-26-2009, 02:19 PM
    There is a very simple answer

    If it isn't broke don't try to fix it.

    If your horses are happy with what they have then keep it that way, if you start messing around with your horses bits you could create a bad situation and an unhappy horse, all of which are unnecessary.
        06-26-2009, 02:41 PM
    Green Broke
    If your horses are fine, don't change the bit. End of story.
        06-26-2009, 02:48 PM
    Thanks for the opinions :) I will keep it the same. I see lots of people raving about the french link and was just wondering if I was missing something lol
        06-26-2009, 05:40 PM
    I ride 4 of mine at the moment and they all have different bits - each one is happy with what they have so all the bits are good

    Fella is ridden in a ported pelham
    Dora is ridden in a mullen mouth pelham or a mullen mouth snaffle
    Ingrid is ridden in a full sheek single jointed sweet iron
    Kicsi is ridden in a brass alloy loose ring double joint with nugget

    I know for a fact that Fella would go beserk if I put Ingrids bit in him and that Dora would be a tank if I used a frenh link snaffle.

    Each horse is different , none of my bits are good or bad - they just suit different horses .

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