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post #1 of 10 Old 07-21-2013, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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I ride my 9 year old in a single jointed egg butt snaffle. He goes fine in it but I want to get another kind just for something different. I was thinking about getting a hunter dee with a French link mouthpiece. We do hunters, would this be a good bit? Also, what's the difference between the larger rings on a hunter dee and the smaller rings on a regular dee ring?
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post #2 of 10 Old 07-21-2013, 02:27 PM
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I think the larger rings on the hunter D work similar to a full-cheek snaffle to aid in steering and prevent the rings from getting pulled into the mouth.
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I think the larger rings on the hunter D work similar to a full-cheek snaffle to aid in steering and prevent the rings from getting pulled into the mouth.
Ok, that makes sense :)
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I'd say if it aint broke don't fix it! He goes well in the eggbutt, and eggbutts aren't harsh bits. Is there a reason you want to switch? I like French links just fine, but if he's already happy in his bit I don't see why you necessarily need to change.

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I agree with Endiku, if he is going well in his current bit and there are no issues, then don't change a thing.
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I just want to have another one.
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what the rider wants and what the horse needs (or wants) are two totally different things.

No sense in getting more equipment if it is not needed. Spend that money on feed or supplements, or put it towards future board cost or some other necessity instead of a mere want.
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I'd say if it aint broke don't fix it! He goes well in the eggbutt, and eggbutts aren't harsh bits. Is there a reason you want to switch? I like French links just fine, but if he's already happy in his bit I don't see why you necessarily need to change.
This is almost always my logic with anything horsey! I'd stick with what you have, or borrow one and see how you and the horse like it before committing to anything new.
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I want to have a dee ring for hunter shows.
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I want to have a dee ring for hunter shows.
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I guess that makes more sense- a little more than "just something different" :P In that case I'd just get the same mouth piece with a dee ring. Or, like I said, borrow a french link if possible to see if he goes better in it before buying something else.
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