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post #1 of 8 Old 11-18-2010, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Snaffles or not?

Okay, I been told to use a snaffle on my mare. So today I clean all four of my bridles. Two of them are these:

I did my homework so I think these are snaffles, are they snaffles bits or not?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-18-2010, 10:25 PM
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well i use a snaffle bit and my horse responds fine :) a snaffle bit is the best bit as it doesnt pull their mouth like gag bits do.... and they are more comfortable for your horses

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First one? No. It has shanks. Anything with shanks is NOT a snaffle. Broken mouthpiece does not a snaffle make.

The 2nd is, though.
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The second one is a french-link snaffle and a really nice bit to have!
I'd definitely suggest trying that on your mare if it's been recommended she have a snaffle :)

As already said, the first bit is not a snaffle, it's a jointed elevator (at least, that's what we call them here).
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The second one is a french link loose ring, my personal favorite, the first is a tom thumb, commonly called a tom thumb snaffle, but it is a shank bit with a jointed mouth. I would try her in the french link and see how she does.
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post #7 of 8 Old 11-19-2010, 12:42 AM
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Use the second one posted! That is called a french link snaffle and is very nice. I'll still send you the bit I said I would in case your horse doesn't like the french link (doubtful).
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post #8 of 8 Old 11-19-2010, 08:43 AM
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As everyone already said, the 2nd one is a snaffle. The Tom Thumb is often called a "Cowboy Snaffle" but it is in no way a snaffle. A Tom Thumb (American style) has a straight, short, shank, and is used with a curb chain. It is a rather unbalanced leverage bit. There is nothing wrong with a leverage bit if your horse neck reins and you ride with very loose contact, but most horses really don't need them.

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