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post #1 of 18 Old 08-01-2009, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Wonder bits ~ The truth

Found this and thought I'd share. What are yall's thoughts?

The "Wonder" Bit

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post #2 of 18 Old 08-01-2009, 09:55 PM
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For the most part I agree. I do not agree, however, that it should be used to get a horse's head up. There are much more effective ways to do that than to slap this contraption in a horse's mouth.
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That's the point of the article. To tell you it has no head-raising action ;)

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post #4 of 18 Old 08-01-2009, 11:54 PM
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I've always wondered at these bits... as in, why people would bother with them?

Darnit people! What happened to good ol' snaffles??


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post #5 of 18 Old 08-02-2009, 12:02 AM
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*Shakes head* The wonder bit is no wonder at all.
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Every now and again I put a western saddle on my guy and do some games for sheer fun, and a break for Scout. I see a TON of these bits on the "hard-core" gaming horses, and I always wonder whether the horses actually need them, or if people just use them because it's a "gaming" bit. The horses fly around the patterns with their heads up (jerking tie-downs: if it's designed to get their head up, why tie it down????), ears pinned, eyes rolling, and a hearty yank at the last minute by the rider to stop them.

Maybe a decent bit in the right hands and for the right horse, but like the American TT, I've seen it marketed to the wrong people too many times.

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^^Agreed. IMHO, they are basically a TT with gag action. No wonder at all people have bit evading, head tossing, hard to handle horses in these types of bits.

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Yeah.. Why can't people just make normal bits??

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This is somewhat off topic, but when I read some of the article I remembered something a judge at a local horse show told me. I had a horse that loved to put his tongue over the bit, but as soon as he did, he freaked out. So I routinely went through classes with an almost out-of-control horse. At the end of one class the judge came up to me and asked what type of bit I was using and I said a snaffle. She then said that because of fact that my horse kept putting his tongue over the bit, I should use a gag bit with a certain piece on it to stop that. I said ok, because she gave some advice and it was the polite thing to do, but as soon as I left the class, I gagged. The thought of a gag bit still makes me want to gag. So I told my RI about what the judge said she said, "Yeah, we're not doing that." and I agreed that nobody was ever going to make me ride in a gag bit.

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bumpity bump

Another fail at a so-called 'good' bit... You just can't win..

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