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    03-10-2009, 11:32 PM
  #1
Foal
Wonder Bit

wonder bit.jpgCan someone explain how the Wonder Bit works? What rings do what etc... I just purchased a mare who was ridden in it to pattern her on barrels. I have never used one and all of the rings confuse me. Here is a picture of it.
     
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    03-10-2009, 11:40 PM
  #2
Foal
The very top is for attatching to the head stall. The big middle one, you can attatch the reins to it and use it like a snaffle. The very bottom one you can attatch the reins to it and add leverage, but I am not a fan of leverage bits with broken mouthpieces
     
    03-10-2009, 11:45 PM
  #3
Started
That's a pretty harsh bit and certainly not one i'd want to use for barrels imo.
     
    03-10-2009, 11:55 PM
  #4
Foal
Thank you for the info Mai. What do you mean by leverage? And CJ why would you not recommend for barrels, do you have other suggestions?
     
    03-10-2009, 11:55 PM
  #5
Trained
It's a good bit for a finished barrel horse only. I use one similar (Mine has a middle piece with a roller). I normally run in a plain snaffle though, I only run in the gag to give subtle cues on my finished horse.

Like someone said, the top part is to attach to the headstall, you attach the reins to either the o rings or the shanks
     
    03-10-2009, 11:59 PM
  #6
Foal
Leverage is like the use of a lever and intensifies force. With a snaffle every one pound you apply on the reins is one pound of pressure on the horse's mouth. Then when you add cheeks it becomes the ratio of the top of the cheek above the mouth piece to the bottom of the shank below the mouthpiece. So a bit with a one inch purchase (top park) and 5 inch shanks (bottom) the ratio is 1:5 so every one pound of pressure you apply is 5 pounds of pressure on the horse
     
    03-11-2009, 12:00 AM
  #7
Trained
Yes, thank you. I understand leverage.
     
    03-11-2009, 12:01 AM
  #8
Foal
Sorry, I didn't mean you. The OP wanted to know what I meant by leverage.
     
    03-11-2009, 12:02 AM
  #9
Trained
Oh, alright. Sorry :)
     
    03-11-2009, 12:09 AM
  #10
Foal
Gottcha. Thank you. I have not used this bit and don't even own one. I am currently riding her in a d ring snaffle. I had just not ever heard of one before.
     

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