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post #1 of 20 Old 12-16-2011, 04:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question What bit should i use (English)?

i've bought this new horse but she didnt come with a bridle and im not sure what bit to use with her...
She is a very honest mare, is quite slow sometimes, and is also hard to get on the bit sometimes.
I was looking for a bit that might encourage her to lower her head, but be a kind bit, snaffle mouthpiece :) Any suggestions?
She was ridden in a tom thumb (the English one) and some other type of bit that im not sure of...
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Can you not contact the previous owner for details?
How old is the mare?
What do you want to do with her?

Personally, if its an unknown quantity, I'd get teeth checked first, and speak to the dentist too. Some people whack a thick bit in a mouth, thinking this is kinder. Sometimes, yes, but if the horse doesn't have the room in his mouth, he can try to push his tongue over the bit, or hang his tongue out the side of his mouth- this then causes the bit to be uneven- one side trying to get through a tongue, the other side going on a gum. Not comfy.

I prefer to start anything, and ride anything in a snaffle where possible.
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Can you not contact the previous owner for details?
How old is the mare?
What do you want to do with her?

Personally, if its an unknown quantity, I'd get teeth checked first, and speak to the dentist too. Some people whack a thick bit in a mouth, thinking this is kinder. Sometimes, yes, but if the horse doesn't have the room in his mouth, he can try to push his tongue over the bit, or hang his tongue out the side of his mouth- this then causes the bit to be uneven- one side trying to get through a tongue, the other side going on a gum. Not comfy.

I prefer to start anything, and ride anything in a snaffle where possible.
Yes, as I said she has been ridden in a tom thumb (and is what I rode her in). But she has also been ridden in 1 or 2 other bits, but I don't know what they are because she was ridden in them in pictures. She's 9 and from what the vet said she has a nice mouth, with no problems. And im am going to do Eventing, Show Jumping & mounted games once or twice a month :)

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post #4 of 20 Old 12-16-2011, 05:12 AM
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Sorry haha, didn't see that bit about the tom thumb.

If you search out bubba13 she has a really good link to bit questions. I would put a snaffle in, what size, I can't say.

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post #5 of 20 Old 12-16-2011, 05:27 AM Thread Starter
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Ohk, thanks :) ill check it out...
What about this bit?

Or would this one be better?

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Whoooaaaaaaa, sorry about the size of those images guys!!!! ^^^^^^ didnt mean for them to be that huge!!! Haha

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I would put her in a french link, or copper roller to start off with, especially if she can get a little heavy sometimes.
The three piece is likely to pick her up more than the single joint, as well as it is most likely going to sit most comfortably in her mouth.

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Here's a link to an excellent sticky on English bits (bubba's was for western bits, mostly):

Bit Information (Snaffle and English-Type Bits)

I think the first picture you posted would be the best of those two. Most horses really seem to enjoy double joined snaffles.

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post #9 of 20 Old 12-16-2011, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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yes, I think ill try the first bit then :) ill let you guys know how it goes, thanks for your help!!
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An English Tom Thumb is a lovely bit and most horses go really well in it. If she is a little heavy then plenty of transitions between paces and within the pace will help her develop her balance better, also use with lots of circles, serpentines and loops to improve suppleness.
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