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post #1 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Why do you use the bit that you use?

Just curious to see everyone's reasons to see if it's because your horse likes it, listens better, gives you more control, etc.

Well at the moment I'm inbetween bits...I'm about to trash the one I have because I hate it and so does Sonny, and in the process of convincing my dad that the bit that I want is worth the money.
So when I do buy it (Yes call my crazy if you want), I'll be using the Parelli C3 Cradle Bit. I am going to buy it because Sonny listened soooo much better in it....his chomping on the bit stopped almost all together (a few chomps, but that might be just a habit), he would lower his head nicely, and collect nicely also (yes I could tell he was engaged by the shadow and I know the BO would have mentioned if he was not). But my main reason for buying it and using it is because Sonny loves the bit. It's not a harsh bit and it takes alot of pressure away from the mouth and puts it on 5 areas instead of all on the mouth.
Parelli.com - CRADLE BRIDLE - Cradle Bridle
There's the pic of anyone is interested, but doubt it lol

Soooo...why do you use the bit you use for your horse?
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post #2 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 01:17 PM
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$380 for a bit & bridle! Holy cow!!! Sorry, I hope you don't think I'm being mean...I'm just having sticker shock!

ATM, I'm using a $10 loose ring snaffle and leather headstall. I use it because I figure a horse just gets smarter with the proper training and I'm not doing any reining or cutting so he doesn't need anything else.

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post #3 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 04:44 PM
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I use a training curb snaffle on all my broke horses. It is basically a grazing bit with short swivel shanks. Works great with a soft hand and horses are very responsive. If you are having trouble with your horse in your current bit, then I suggest looking at possible health or training issues before spending that kind of money that may only be effective for a short time. If he has issues now then it will only be a matter of time before they resurface with the new bit.

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post #4 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 06:40 PM
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I ride Vega and Montana in a Myler Low Port Comfort Snaffle Eggbutt

When I got Vega she was ridden in a single jointed Kimberwicke and would toss her head constantly. I went to a local tack store, told them the problems I was having and they recommended a slow twist loose ring. I rode Vega in that for about 5 min and took it out. She was worse then before!
So I decided to take the bit into my own hands and started researching stuff. I found that a single joint creates a nutcracker action and that most horses don't like this. So i figured that was Vega's problem and was no on the hunt for a double jointed bit.
I came across the myler bits and loved the concept behind them. I did as much research as I could (including e-mailing them to try and figure out which bit would be best for her) I decided that a low port would be good (to give her some tongue relief) I also liked that it has independent side movement, so if she drops a shoulder, I can lift that side of the bit. I also liked that it has copper inlay (which helps to relax and promote salivation)
As soon as I put that bit in Vega's mouth and rode her, she was great! No more head tossing and she would whoa when asked as well as turn very nicely.
Then I got Montana. I believe he was ridden in a correctional western bit. Being an english rider, I knew I would need something different and used the myler on him, to see if he needed something with more or less tongue relief. He is doing fantastic in that bit. I was told he can get strong on trails and would need his western bit, but I took him out on a 4 hour trail ride in the myler and he was an angel! I am very happy with my purchase (I believe it cost ~$80 and well worth it IMO)

I don't use a bit for Gem. I ride him in either a rope halter or his leather one. When he did have a bit in his mouth, it was a Tom Thumb, which I hate so I dont use it.
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post #5 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 06:50 PM
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I normally use a hackamore on my mare because both her and I like it much better... but I've recently changed her back to a bit because she started running through her hack (she does that sometimes, and if I change her back to a bit for a few weeks she straightens up).

Right now I'm using this bit on her:

She's acting much better and is really responding to me better.

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post #6 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 08:03 PM
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Standard loose ring snaffle when doing general work. Standard double when I want a little more in the training...why because that is what is asked for in competition.

Jumping.......Kimberwick because my rider is a younger rider and with a stallion most "other" people seem to feel better even though he does not really need it. He has jumped in competition in a flexible rubber snaffle.
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post #7 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 08:43 PM
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I use a d-ring copper roller snaffle. It's the same as a regular snaffle but it has copper rings on it that get the horse to chew on the bit more because of the copper taste. I've found that it works great and its very gentle.

Here's a pic of a copper-roller:

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post #8 of 28 Old 11-19-2008, 11:06 PM
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I use a KK sprenger loose ring snaffle I think it's a 16mm. I like it because it keeps the pressure off the palate and is thin enough that my horse takes it seriously, but he will still take a very nice steady contact.
For jumping I use the same bit, because it's just dressage with speed bumps :P
I'll eventually be popping him into a standard double. Medium port/shank curb and KK bridoon is what I'll start him in and then we'll go from there.
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post #9 of 28 Old 11-20-2008, 12:21 AM
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Loose ring snaffle. It promotes relaxation of the horse. It is also the most mobile of snaffles. The loose ring rotates, warning the horse before they feel rein pressure.

I have not had any trouble with pinching, and Maverick doesn't like any other bit. I especially like to use it while training green horses (which he is).

I also use it for jumping and showing him, with no extra equipment. I am a big fan :)
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post #10 of 28 Old 11-20-2008, 07:17 AM
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As Appy said Myler bit looks exactly like Parelli's and cost 3 times less.. Also you can look into Billy Allen bit (iride posted while back), which also looks similar, I believe sweet iron, and it's ten times cheaper. I'm not trying to change you opinion in any ways - if your dad will pay for the name that's certainly great!

I personally use german silver french link eggbutt and they seem to like it much more than riding in halter or sidepull (may be because of the taste? who knows...)
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