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post #1 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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What bit?

I'm sure there are many posts, but I couldn't find the answer to my question. I did read the thread about different types of bits, but I'm still a little confused.

The horse I have been riding usually goes in a slow twist d-ring. He throws his head a lot and can get really quick. He does know what to do and I make sure I have very soft hands, which he likes. I was considering trying a different bit with him, but wanted to know your opinion.

I originally thought a d-ring french link, but someone was telling me about a Copper Roller d-ring. Just wanted to know others' opinions. I do not like full-cheek bits, but if you really think that should be used, I might try it.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 09:40 PM
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You say "the horse I have been riding" - so, is this your horse that you own, a horse you are leasing or one that you are simply riding?
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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He is not my horse, but I am working with him, so I get say in a lot of what we do with him. I wouldn't be considering changing the bit unless I knew the owners were ok with it, but he is not mine, so I don't feel right saying 'my horse'.
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 09:52 PM
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If I were wearing a slow-twist bit, I'd toss my head too...

when it comes to the snaffle bits, a double-joint will be the mildest. It doesn't so much matter whether it's a copper roller or a french link. Does your horse love copper and need some extra drool? Do you want him to have something to play with? Then the roller, otherwise a french-link is fine. I tried a french-link on one horse and it was to busy for him and he fidgeted. He was happy in a regular single-joint. His stable-mate hates the single-joint and loves the copper-roller 2-joint. Different strokes for different blokes.

When it comes to the cheek-pieces, that also comes down to a horse's preference to a large extent. Some horses need the extra pressure from the D-ring or Full-cheek to get the idea. Some horses can't stand the extra pressure.

Can you borrow some various bits from people to see what he goes best in?
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post #5 of 5 Old 12-09-2012, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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I agree, that's why I don't blame him for the head tossing and I want to change the bit.
I thought of the roller because of giving him something to play with. I think he needs that little 'extra'. He's too smart and gets too ahead of himself. Maybe I'll try that one first and see how it goes. If he's still having trouble I'll go with the french link.
I know the barn has plenty of bits lying around I could clean up and try. I know they have a french link and I'm pretty sure they have a roller. If not, I'll see if any of the borders would be willing to let me try one out. If it worked for him, I'd buy him his own.
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