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post #1 of 12 Old 02-08-2012, 09:37 PM Thread Starter
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what kind of bit is this?

this bit was found recently, and is NOT being used as it looks really harsh,but I am curious to know what it is called and what purpose it serves. THanks in advance
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-08-2012, 09:41 PM
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I would guess that the smooth bar serves as the chin strap and the twisted wire goes in the mouth. It only has a little bit of leverage but with that steel chin "strap" I would bet it would sure get a horses attention. I'm not sure that I'd want to get on a horse that needed that bit.
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ok I see now I was thinking that the metal bar was another mouth peice,but I can see now it isnt. This is the first i've seen that look like this.
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I've never seen one just like that either. It looks handmade. Does it have a makers mark anywhere on it?

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no not that I can a tell,but I havent seen it personally,just had a lesson student find it and show me pictures,from the pictures (2) I cannot see any kind of markings.
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I have two of them. Both are handmade. One has a smooth snaffle mouthpiece and the other has a Mullen mouth. The bar goes under the chin and has a lot more curve to it in both of mine. The rein attachments are just like mine.

I have used mine mostly on cutters and reined cowhorses that want to take their cow forward too much (feed out) in their herd work. When I used to use either of them, I put a piece of rope over the nose as well and it was hooked to the crown of the bridle with a piece of leather string. It was not real tight so the rope and chin bar did not keep the horse from licking, chewing and opening his mouth enough to take and drop the bit.

It has a very quick 'grab' and a very quick 'release' so as a horse works a cow you do not stay on it long enough to make a horse lift his head. You bump him with it and he learns to stay back off his cow.

It has a real funny Spanish name I can't remember. It is a very comfortable bit for a horse to carry. Again, like a lot of other specialty bits, it is as severe as the rider's hands are. I never used it on green horses that needed more help and more contact. I only used it on horses that knew their job, worked low and on a loose rein and just needed a 'bump' now and then.
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thanks cherie!
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I'd take THAT bit and use it on my wall...to hang things. Gee whiz...I get people thinking the curb chains (with hooks) on some of my bits are cruel and unusual. I can adjust those--this one could get caught on your horse's chin and you'd have quite the battle removing it from your frightened horse. =0
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well it's not being used and as cherie mentioned it shouldnt be used on green horses, and I believe from what she said, only be used on cutters? And stay out of their mouth, untill you need a quick aid,use it then get out of their mouth? Is that correct cherie? Granted someone like me,or the average rider shouldnt be using that bit, it seems to have a definate purpose. I was just tring to findout what the purpose was.
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There are several trading pages on facebook if you wanted to try to trade that for a bit that's more suitable to you. Or for something else for that matter. P.M. Me your info and I can add you to the ones I'm a member of.

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