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post #1 of 20 Old 06-26-2011, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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suggest a bit for young trail horse

Hi, I just took a short trail ride on our new 4 yr old qh mare. I used a tom thumb because that is what I have always used, and she did just fine in it, but from what I understand it is not a very good bit. Can anyone suggest a good bit for her. She is calm and easygoing and very sensible, just want something better, and she will be used just for recreational trail riding. thank you..patti
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post #2 of 20 Old 06-26-2011, 09:32 AM
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3 link eggbutt is what I used on my qh on trails when I just started. Dover Saddlery | AlBaCon French Link Eggbutt Snaffle Bit .

Now I use this: Dover Saddlery | Mikmar Cupreon Eggbutt Snaffle Bit w/ Ergom Lozenge .

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If your horse is happy in a TT, then that is all that matters. I don't like the TT, but I ride with direct reining, not neck reining, thus I want a bit that acts laterelly with simplicity and clarity. Becuase the TT has a curb strap or chain, then when you pull laterally you do not send a clear, one sided message; it tends to be a more general message.
However, if you neck rein one handed, then they are ok, I guess.

A plain old eggbut snaffle of either single or double joint is my choice.
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The answer should be different if the horse neck reins as opposed to direct. Which do you do?

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I use a full cheek snaffle on all of mine I love it

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post #7 of 20 Old 06-26-2011, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all of you, I will check the ones you mentioned. Learning to neckrein right now so guss in between.
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Depends on whether the horse has been ridden with a curb in the past, and what its prior training is. My general recommendations can be found in the link in my signature.
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Sweet iron snaffle, I love it!

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post #10 of 20 Old 06-27-2011, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks to you all, Bubba that is a great link to bits and how they work. Will study up and find a better bit for our new mare.
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