Twisted Wire Mouthpieces? - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Do you use a twisted mouthpiece?
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post #1 of 73 Old 02-15-2011, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Twisted Wire Mouthpieces?

Do you use them? I have a twisted shank bit.
Please dont make this thread into a fight, I just want to know your view.


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post #2 of 73 Old 02-15-2011, 01:30 PM
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No. I personally do not understand why it is ever necessary to use this kind of bit, since it basically just uses pain to get your point across. I have very light hands, and I still have no interest in ever using this bit. If I have a horse that needs the option of a stronger bit sometimes, I'd rather ride in something like a pelham.
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I voted sometimes because, even though I have never used one, I would not be opposed to using one for a ride or two on a truly horrible horse that really needed an attention getter. My biggest problem with twisted bits is not that they're used, it's how and by whom. Not just everyone has the ability, knowledge, or desire to use them properly and that's one of the reasons why they get such a bad reputation.
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I voted no. I don't see a need in one, frankly.
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post #5 of 73 Old 02-15-2011, 02:36 PM
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Like Smrobs, I think it has a time and place. But not by an everyday non trainer rider, and not more than a couple of tune up rides. I pity a horses mouth that has to carry such a bit every ride, it really speaks for the inability of the rider and trainer if they feel it is needed for more than a tune up ride or two.

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I agree that it has a time and place...However I met a horse that absolutely LOVES her twisted wire snaffle! The twists are pretty thick, actually. She was ridden in plain snaffles and she weirdly didn't like them nearly as much.

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post #7 of 73 Old 02-15-2011, 05:04 PM
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No I see no point in them.IMO If the horse needs a twisted wire in its mouth for control then there is something seriously wrong with its scooling!

Go back to basics, mouth the horse properly (key bits are very good for developing soft mouths) and you have no need for harsh bits like that!

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I've used them on horses. When adjusted properly and used by a person with light hands who knows what they are doing, I don't see a problem with using a bit like that. On the other hand, I wouldn't put this type of bit into just any horses mouth, nor would I put the reins of that bit into just anybodys hands. They are harsh-er bits, and can become even more harsh in the worng hands.
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I have used this bit temporarily if I need to get the horse's attention in a few schoolings. I switched back to a "smooth" bit, but they are great tools when used correctly IMO.

It also depends on the twist and the "sharpness" of the twist, they can be very differently. The one I use gets attention, but I don't think it works off of pain.

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post #10 of 73 Old 02-15-2011, 07:54 PM Thread Starter
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I really like seeing peoples views of these bits
Thanks for posting, really interesting


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