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post #1 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Western bits, need help with usage please!!

I was recently given lots of western tack from my uncle, and I don't know the usage for many of the bits. Some of the bits like the snaffles, and the bosal are familiar to me, but I posted them anyway. I will post a picture of each bit , if someone could tell me the usage of each bit, also the name of the bit if you know it, that would help alot. Thanks!
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post #2 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 07:09 PM
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For the snaffles, looks like eggbutt (what I use right now) and D-rings. Can't say on the rest, I always use snaffles.
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The first bit looks like a cheap Slyster(sp) knock-off, low port, maybe at one time had a roller in it.
I think the 2nd is a walking horse bit, someone who knows more about them than I could verify or deny. 3rd looks similar just shorter shanks.
4th looks like an aluminum grazing bit.
5th Dee snaffle
6th draw/gag snaffle
7th loose O ring snaffle
8Th bosal
9th twisted Argentine

I DON'T LEAD 'EM AND FEED 'EM, I RIDE 'EM AND SLIDE 'EM.
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COWCHICK77 thanks for the comment! What would a Slyster, and a twisted Argentine be used for?
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The Sliester was a brand of bits, I think they were made in CA, not even sure if they make them anymore. That style of bit could be used for a horse that is finished and neck reins. If you do use that bit, make sure the cheeks do not pinch, you might have to use bit guards.
A lot of folks use an Argentine bit as a transition bit between the snaffle and a curb or leverage style bit. In my own opinion if you use a shanked bit with a two piece mouth like a snaffle then you are better off with a three piece like a dog bone or lozenge.

I forgot to add, the last pic is a Tom thumb bit.

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Not sure on the first, but 2nd and 3rd do indeed look like Walking bits.

I agree with what cowchick says otherwise.

Geeze, some of these bits he had were not nice! Well, I say "not nice" in relativity to my own experience, and lack off.

But the twisted bit I can say for sure is definitely for experienced riders.
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Thanks much Cowchick!
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Whats the purpose of a walking horse bit?
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post #9 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 09:07 PM
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Not entirely sure the purpose, but looking at the shanks, I do know one needs a very light hand to use them.

They are to be used in shows, as far as I know, but I wouldn't voluntarily use one outside of a showmanship ring. I made a thread asking about them, I can dig it up unless someone can answer more eloquently than I.
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post #10 of 12 Old 01-14-2013, 09:08 PM
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Ouch, that twisted wire looks like a death trap.
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