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post #1 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 04:20 AM Thread Starter
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Turning troubles with bits

My pony keeps getting the sides of bits IN his mouth when turning.
Would changing to a different/bigger bit help?

Here is the one I used to use on him and the one I'm using at the moment, he gets both in his mouth.

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post #2 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 04:50 AM
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Itzkayley hello.
How old is your horse?
Perhaps he is young?
We have 2 young horses who did the same with a bit similar to pic 1.
I changed bits to a thinner and even a double broken one without those sideparts.

Is bit 2 artificial material like rubber or plastic?
That is not the most fantastic material to put in a horses mouth.

Sometimes a bit gives too much pressure and the horse search a way to get rid of it and then tries to get it. If the bit distracts your horse you can never get in a correct contact with your horse.
If you have the chance try as many bits as possible to find out what works best for you and your horse.
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post #3 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 05:17 AM
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My horse used to do that too until I got a full cheeck snaffle. She rides great in it and there is NO way she can get her mouth opened wide enough to get it in!

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post #4 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Bedouin, He is around 12-14 years old. :P
The bottom one is a Sweet Iron and the other is also something like that. No rubber or material. :)

Thankyou for your quick reply and advice.

SugarPlumLove, I was thinking that might help, the bits on the sides look a tad too long to fit in his mouth. :P

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post #5 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 07:55 AM
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Thumbs up I vote for fulmer

My mare is just learning to turn I find a fulmer which is basically a loose ring plus a full cheek (in this case) single jointed snaffle bit to be a wonderful tool. Highly recommended. I got mine for $39.95 from local saddlers.
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post #6 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 07:59 AM
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Hi, I too would advocate a fulmer snaffle.
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post #7 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 08:06 AM
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I'm sorry but I wondered why you prefer a fulmer to a fullcheek?

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post #8 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 10:09 AM
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I would guess the longer cheeks SPL - less likely that the horse can open their mouth that wide

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post #9 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 10:10 AM
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But the fulmer is just as long as the full cheek

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post #10 of 23 Old 08-18-2011, 10:28 AM
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Compare the full cheek



To the Fulmer



There is a pretty sizeable difference in how much cheek there is.

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