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post #1 of 3 Old 07-15-2013, 06:50 PM Thread Starter
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What bit should I use?

My mare has a pretty fleshy tongue and mouth. I ride her in an eggbutt snaffle with copper and that even seems to thick for her. She is also constantly playing with the bit and never seems to settle in now matter how long she is in it so I have been riding her in a rope halter. She responds pretty well to that but I still want to have a bit for her incase we do anything that requires one. What type of bit works well for a horse with a fleshy tongue? She has only ever been ridden in an o-ring and the eggbutt and she does not require anything more. I was looking at a jr. cowhorse with the roller. What are people's thoughts on those?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-20-2013, 04:24 AM
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Why not consider a thin snaffle with a center link? Because of the combination of a less bulky mouthpiece and the double joint allowing it to fold more easily over the tongue, it could be better received by your horse.
Another option could be a myler or a billy allen mouthpiece, of a knockoff of either; for the same reasons listed above it could help.
Also, riding bitless is definitely an option, and there are many bitless options to consider. A flat (as in not rope) sidepull is always a good starting point!
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I use my jr. cowhorse with the roller for most everything I do. It is a wonderful, versatile bit. Enough bit to get your point across should you get into trouble but at the same time so wonderfully light and soft for the horse's mouth.

However, bear in mind this bit is only going to be legal in speed events such as gaming, team penning, etc. You cannot show in other events with it. Maybe jumping you can, but I'm not sure what the rules for that are. That's not my sport, just know I've seen some interesting bits on jumpers just like on barrel horses (Which is my area).

I would look into a thinner snaffle if I were you. Or, a hackamore like a Little S hack since she is responding well bitless. If you do go to a bit however, whatever you choose, may it be double (Or more) jointed and not single jointed. Would help it mold, as the above poster mentioned.

You could maybe even try something like a chain snaffle, though that's not legal in some things either. That one I know you can jump and do cross country in, but no dressage, western pleasure, reining, etc. Same deal as the Jr. Cowhorse. Speed events only.

Finding something to show in would be hard, especially since you aren't sure if you're going to be at an event requiring a bit yet...For now, I'd just look into the Little S Hack.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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