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    02-23-2009, 09:02 AM
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Whats the point of a bit with keys?

I am purchasing a bit with keys from a member here.She said the keys are for the horse to play with but is there any other purpose for them? Thanks!
     
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    02-23-2009, 12:49 PM
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Not that I'm aware of - the keys are like you were told - for the horse to play with. Some horses, especially mouthy youngsters and even some studs that like to fidget/chew will do well with a bit with keys because it will reduce head tossing and/or other fidgety behaviors since the horse has something in their mouth to play with. Be warned, it will cause the horse to drool - a LOT! Haha! But they are really great, soft bits for horses that are mouthy and playful! Hope it works out for you.
     
    02-23-2009, 06:46 PM
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What kind of bit is it?
     
    02-23-2009, 07:25 PM
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Weanling
Bits with keys are designed for young horses. The horse fidgets with the keys in his mouth (by using his tongue) , and in result, it causes him to relax and soften. It is a good bit for decreasing the amount of times your horse fidgets, as well as helping to teaching a young horse to accept the bit.
Yes they can cause the horse to drool. But in dressage drooling or foaming at the mouth is a sign that the horse is soft and accepting the bit.

If you have any more questions or comments feel free to ask. :)
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