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post #11 of 18 Old 09-22-2009, 12:26 PM
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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.
No - it's not a tom thumb with a gag action. A tom thumb can cause a pinch due to the way the bit connects to the shank creating a whole new set of mouth issues on the horse.
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post #12 of 18 Old 09-22-2009, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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^ She's just trying got say that they are harsh; like a TT.

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post #13 of 18 Old 09-22-2009, 01:29 PM
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I will ride in a bit very similar to a wonder bit (Not sure exactly what it's called, but its the same idea). I haven't had the hollowed out, pacy, head up problems with it before.
I will also ride in a snaffle.

I will say that most times I see wonder bits being used, they are at game shows, and it's horrifying.
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We actually have one, and I've always heard it's supposed to be good for the horse and all... Now I'm not too sure.

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I game in a snaffle. I win, too. Age highpoint for 5 years running. Funny how it can be done in a nice bit!

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I wouldn't say it really helps a horse..but to be fair, I don't think a fancy bit will help a horse do anything regardless.

I barrel race in a D ring snaffle at home and at events quite frequently. Honestly, the only reason I use one is because my horse likes it. Mine has rollers in the middle which he quite enjoys.

It does have a "Pay attention" to me aspect which I think can be good...however it seems that gets abused more than anything else. It's a bit that you need to understand (As are all gag and leverage bits in my opinion) and like always, the riders hands really determine the severity of the bit.
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post #17 of 18 Old 09-23-2009, 11:00 PM
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I barrel race in an Indian bosal with no tie down at all. Gag bits like other harsh bits is just another bit that some dumba$$ ( excuse the french) made money off of. I wish to people would relize there is no mircale bit or hackore they need to listen to what the horse is telling them . No wonder bit can fix a problem 90% of it is the rider not the horse.
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post #18 of 18 Old 09-24-2009, 04:14 PM
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Never saw any point in gag-bits anyway.
Snaffles and curbs/shanks with curb chains, does pretty much cover all you need on both good and bad sides of bit-use. And I'd say that if you need a curb for extra control rather than guiding the horse down-forward, you need to work with the dicipline and obedience, not the mouth.

And of course the bitless options, but I put them too into snaffle and curb categories depending on their mechanism and signals.


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