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post #1 of 5 Old 04-25-2009, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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sweet six snaffle bit = nutcracker effect???

I'm thinking about switching Cope to this bit. Okay...here's the explaination...hope it doesn't get too long.

He's currently in a wonder bit...which for me and him is fine...I ride with a very loose rein and usually don't have to pull back on the bit. He listens to my leg and seat and the reins are more a supplemental directional aid for my legs (he neck reins...). He really doesn't need more than an o-ring snaffle, but he does need some curb action when he's being naughty. I don't think he really needs the leverage the wonder bit gives though...he just needs a little tickle of the curb to remind him it's there. I also don't like the nutcracker effect that the wonder bit can give. And that goes into one of the other main reasons I'm looking to change bits. My husband is hard headed and as per his gender (sorry guys!) he NEVER listens to me. He's constantly got a tight hold on the reins. And he insists that he can ride Cope just as well with the same tack that I use. "Why are you putting the baby bit on him? I'm not a baby! I can use your bit!" Anyway...so that brings me to this bit. I've read that it's supposed to act like an o ring snaffle, but gives enough leverage to use a curb.

My question...do you think it would have the same nutcracker effect?

I've been trying to find it with a three piece mouthpiece with a roller in the middle, but no one makes that. Cope likes a roller, but it's not a neccessity...

Any thoughts? I'm at work today, so I'll be checking back often!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-25-2009, 08:46 AM
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I really don't think that there will be much difference between that and the wonder bit because it looks like they will have the same action. Have you thought of putting him in a ported grazing bit? They are wonderful for broke, neck reining horses that need just a little bump every now and then. You can also find them with rollers.

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eh...he doesn't do well in a ported bit... And he's always done better in a broken bit. I don't know enough to know why...I just know he tosses his head way more with a one piece bit than a broken bit...he also does better with bits that can slide on the cheek pieces like the wonder bit than bits that are fixed in one position on the cheek.

Is my horse weird? Heh...

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The wonder bit and the one you are showing are both gag bits which have a lot of poll action to them - more then a plain snaffle or curb bit.

I've always liked and use either a snaffle or a shanked bit with a Billy Allen mouth piece. There is no gag effect and the mouth is mild. Billy Allen Bits

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