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    01-18-2012, 11:41 PM
Question Thin please

Is a thin, say pinkie width snaffle more or less harsh than one as thick as a thumb?
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    01-18-2012, 11:47 PM
Green Broke
I wana say the bigger the width is the less harsh and smaller width (as you are describing) is harsher
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    01-18-2012, 11:49 PM
The thicker the mouthpiece on the snaffle, the less harsh it will be. More surface area and pressure dispersal.
    01-18-2012, 11:49 PM
Cowgirls Boots has it right. The thinner the mouthpiece, the harsher it is.
    01-18-2012, 11:55 PM
Not necessarily so. When you get to a too-thick bit, it puts undue pressure on the tongue and even the palate if the horse has a small mouth. It will be uncomfortable even at rest. Thumb width is honestly too wide for the majority of horses to easily carry. Pinky width is more reasonable, and is by no means thin enough to be harsh.
    01-19-2012, 12:16 AM
It depends on the horse's mouth, like bubba said. My boy has a pretty large mouth (not a shallow pallet) so he works better in a thicker bit.
    01-19-2012, 12:20 AM

I found some pics.... the bit I am using has a sweetiron snaffle bit exactly like the fist pic, but it is shanked like the second bit. I do not yet clip my reins to the low ring on the shank, but on the middle ring as if it was not shanked. Just havent used a snaffle that thin before and wanted to know the difference in lay terms, between it and my d-ring snaffle, which is much thicker in the mouthpiece than the shanked bit.
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    01-19-2012, 12:33 AM
For starters, the shanked bit isn't a snaffle. Pretty sure that's a tom thumb (or something similar...I'm not up on the more "western" bits).
    01-19-2012, 12:34 AM
Yeah that isn't a snaffle.. someone on this forum made a thread about different kinds of bit. She's actually on this thread... look at bubba's signature at the bit thread. It's worth looking into!
    01-19-2012, 12:52 AM
This thread is more specific: why do so many people object to Tomb Thumbs and dislike them? (worth a read)

Argentine snaffle, misnamed, of course, because it's not a true snaffle at all. Due to the size of the "Pelham" rings, I wouldn't really recommend attaching the reins there for long periods of time. It doesn't provide the greatest cue. But the width of mouthpiece is pretty typical (and not harsh).

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