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post #1 of 18 Old 09-12-2012, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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So Many Snaffles!!

Hey!
I love snaffles, just because I think they're traditional and simple.
There's so many to choose from!
What do you guys like the best?

Full cheek? D-ring, loose ring?
Tell me why?

Do you like a different bit? Which one?

I feel like I should learn more about bits and what they do!

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Depends on the horse. For my eventer, I like a jointed eggbutt snaffle. He responds best with this bit. My dressage mare likes a loose ring jointed snaffle (many horses don't because it has a tendancy to move around), and my Percheron rides in a jointed D-ring Myler because it gives her more tongue relief than a regular snaffle.

A lot of horses that I've ridden don't like the nutcracker action of the simple snaffle, which is why they're ridden in french links.
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Depends on the horse, 100%. Right now I'm finding that my gelding seems to like the Myler comfort snaffle. The horse I worked with before him preferred my KK Sprenger. My first mare went best in a basic single joint loose ring.
For young horses, I like to get them going in a french link or other double jointed (or Myler/Billy Allen) full cheek or Dee ring, then move from there if need be. My gelding tends to lean, so the loose ring helps alleviate that as it just slides right through - I dislike having to use bit guards though.. hah. Beggers can't be choosers. I would love it if he liked my Sprenger bit as it's the most expensive bit I've ever bought, but go figure...


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So.. what's the difference between a jointed snaffle and a french link?
I have a french link also because I know it's better for horses who have a low roof? Or is called pallet?
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When most people say jointed, they mean single jointed. A french-link has two joints.
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The snaffles I have are these, and this is what all the training is done in:

Myler Comfort Snaffles, in all the levels they come in. I have them in smooth, and then a Level 1 Twisted.

French Link - Mine is an AlBaCon I believe, loose ring, and then I have a no-brand eggbutt.

Twisted Dogbone - Loose ring, only one of these.

Single Jointed - I really like the ones with copper inlay . I mainly have loose rings, but also D rings and eggbutts. Have one of these twisted, but if I'm going to go twisted I will generally do the dogbone or the Myler first.

Lifesavers - Probably my favorite, also my favorite mouthpiece for my barrel horses once I move up into another bit to run. REALLY love the Sharon Camarillo bit in this variety:

Reinsman Sharon Camarillo Lifesaver Snaffle Bit - Horse.com

Edit: Totally forgot one, I also have a snaffle with copper rollers but I don't use that one as much because the majority of my horses tend to get more distracted by the rollers and go ADHD on me.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.

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Jumanji- thanks for that clarification!

Sorrel- how expensive was your myler?
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I ride my horse in a d ring with copper rollers and he loves it!
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What are rollers for?
For the horses to play with? Or do they serve some other purpose?
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The copper makes them produce more saliva and have a softer mouth, and my horse has a busy mouth so the rollers occupy him so he doesn't chew or chomp on his bit.
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