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post #11 of 15 Old 08-14-2009, 09:24 AM Thread Starter
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What a bit! I finally got out to try it last night and immediatley noticed a dramatic difference in my horse. He was much more relaxed and actually seemed happy to tuck his chin into his chest and just go. There was no rushing and no balking at the canter. Just a quick question/comment for those KK user's......does this bit run small? Kirin is a normal sized quarter paint, I got the 5" size and it seemed a little small to me....I could see a tiny bit of the ends of the bit itself, the rest was the "ring" I assume if it was too small he'd make a fuss, but I am wondering if I should go one step up to the 5 1/4?
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-14-2009, 06:18 PM
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Just a quick question/comment for those KK user's......does this bit run small? Kirin is a normal sized quarter paint, I got the 5" size and it seemed a little small to me....

SWEET!!! I thought you might like it!! It's an expensive bit but not only do horses love it, it's excellent quality and will last for YYEEEEEARS. I have several that I use on so many different horses. As far as sizing goes, take your old bit (if it's the correct size) and measure the mouthpiece from the inside of the ring to the inside of the other ring. Or you can take a string or pen, put it into your horse's mouth like a bit and measure from one edge of his lip to the other. That is your size. I have a 14.0 h rather stout headed Quarter pony that uses a 5"1/4. I use my 5 1/2 on an appendix and QH, both rather large and around 16.2 (not that height determines how wide your horse's mouth is). 5" is actually a rather small bit. In fact, I think they just recently started making the KK's in a 4 1/2. 5 was the smallest you could get for years.
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-16-2009, 12:57 AM
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Check out stubbens bits as well, they are the closest knock-off I've seen and the price is good. The link in the JP is a little wide so you have to check that it doesn't put the joints right over the bars of the horses jaw. I have the Sprenger Dynamic RS for my horse and love it (It's like the KK, but with a curved mouthpiece in addition to the link)
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-17-2009, 10:10 AM Thread Starter
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I upgraded the the "16 5 1/4 and am hoping that will be sufficient. It looks pretty on par with his old bit. I am dying to try it out, but looks like the weekend will be my only chance (is it friday yet ;(
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-17-2009, 03:12 PM
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I have a couple of KKs and JPs. I tried the JPs because I wanted to have a couple more bridles in use without having to spend the big bucks for more KKs. I found that my horses go well in both brands.
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