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post #1 of 18 Old 04-02-2011, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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What bit best suits my horse

Hi everyone thank you so much for the advice on teaching my horse the correct lead in canter she is coming along nicely I have a 10 yr old Standardbred mare who has the best heart. I did lots of circles flat work and its paid off.. Im just wondering Ive tried 3 different types of bits on her latey the tom thumb, jointed dee ring, egg butt snaffle I normally use the tom thumb but Im looking to get away from it for the basic dressage tests, I tried dee ring and she brought her head in more which I liked, but am i hurting her in anyway by doing that ?, lastly the egg butt snaffle she really fights me with this one pulls forward, wont listen to my requests with turning ,I wonder if its pinching her .Isnt it meant to be the best one for horses? what do u think would suit her ,, I want to have more contact ,and have her bring her head in but not by force,can anyone help me thansk again Carinna from New Zealand
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First, you need to check her teeth if they haven't already been seen by an equine dentist. Then, what bit did her last rider use on her? Try that. Ditch the Tom Thumb, too. As for snaffles, an eggbutt with a French link mouthpiece is probably a good starting place, but really, you'll likely need to try many bits until you find one that works. Read the bitting link in my signature. It might give you some points to work from.
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Eggbutt does not pinch. In fact it's the smoothest one you can get. Loose rings can, BUT some horses like them over everything else. What kind of mouth piece are you using? You may look into french or oval mouth one. (like this: Dover Saddlery | JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Copper Loose Ring Snaffle Bit . it's oval mouth + copper, which will give some taste).

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Just a note - the OP is from NZ so is probably using a Tom thumb snaffle which is a good mild bit and completely different to the Tom thumb curb.
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Just for curiosity's sake wild spot, what is the difference in a TT snaffle and a TT curb? As far as I know there is no difference other then the name, they are the same.
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I was about to ask the same... What is NZ TT?

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Sorry to jump in but NdAppy/KV: In Aus and NZ tom thumb bits are what are known as full cheek snaffles here in the US Not a leverage bit at all just a difference in vernacular.

OP - The D-ring is a good bit if you want to get away from the full cheek effect of your tom thumb. If you are kind with your hands it will not hurt your horse in any way. If it works better than the eggbut, keep using it!

Importantly, when you have picked the best bit it is a good idea to stick with it so that you aren't confusing your horse too much with trying different mouthpieces.

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Sorry to jump in but NdAppy/KV: In Aus and NZ tom thumb bits are what are known as full cheek snaffles here in the US Not a leverage bit at all just a difference in vernacular.
Wow! That's quite a difference I'd say!

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Totally a difference! Thanks sarahver for the explanation.
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It confused the heck outta me when I landed here in the US of A, since the Aussie tom thumb is a staple bit in my repertoire! People looked at me like I had two heads when I said it is a great training bit - ha!

OP in case you are confused, here in the US the tom thumb is a leverage bit with a curb chain, completely different from the one I think you intended to describe.

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