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        07-08-2011, 11:09 AM
    What kind of bit would you recommend?

    Hi there!
    I have a 14 year old TB with plenty of energy when he jumps. He loves to do it, so he likes to speed up a lot and run around the courses like a mad man. I am currently in a simple D-ring, and think I need something with a little more leverage. He really isnt THAT bad however, so I don't need anything too severe.
    The other aspect is that he LOVES to play with his mouth. He sticks his teeth out and rolls his tongue around. We were thinking that perhaps something with a roller or something he can play with might help too?
    He turns well off my leg, so that is not really an issue.
    Any suggestions?
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        07-08-2011, 12:00 PM
    Have his teeth been floated recently?
    In all honesty, my suggestion is working on the flat more to learn to control his speed with your seat and leg, and lastly hand.
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        07-08-2011, 12:14 PM
    Cavaletti work of various heights and spacings.
        07-08-2011, 12:21 PM
    You could also try a pelham. It works as a simple snaffle until you pull on the lower rein, which gives you more freedom to play with the leveridge, rather than just going with a kimberwicke. You could also try an elevator bit, they work in pretty much the same manor as a pelham just with less leveridge on the second ring. Both are to be used with 2 sets of reins though, so really only with advanced riders. I agree with saddlebag too! Cavalettis are a great choice. :)
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        07-08-2011, 12:53 PM
    Thanks guys! He only gets fast when he is jumping, on the flat his speed stays nice and consistent. I will look into those bits though!
        07-08-2011, 01:26 PM
    Always look to training first before switching to a harsher bit. If your horse is getting rushy over the fences, that's a training issue :)
    Here's my little blurb on English bits:

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