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post #1 of 38 Old 10-11-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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Which is your favorite bit/nonbit?

Just out of curiosity, what is everyone's favorite bit or bitless bridle design? Go in to detail, teach us about how it works, what job it does and why you like it so much :) I love tack! So teach me what you've got, english, western, driving or bitless
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Depends on the horse.....so could be million different things! Plus I'm too lazy right now to write anything of real value!!!!
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of course xD depends on the horse, but I mean - what sort of designs for bits do you like the most?
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post #4 of 38 Old 10-12-2012, 11:03 AM
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My all time favorite bit is a loose ring french link snaffle because of its mildness and the ability to get a feel of the horse's mouth.

Of course, though, my own horse hates it. She has to go in something with more stability, so she usually goes in an eggbutt french link or full cheek french link.

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^^^^ everything stated above. My horse and I are the exact same way!
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Cool! I love french links too for the same reason. I personally prefer the idea behind a loose ring, but find not many horses like it as much. I wonder if it's pinchy?

Thanks for participating I'm just hoping to make this an education thread, everytime there's a Bit question on here I learn so much ^^
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post #7 of 38 Old 10-12-2012, 02:49 PM
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I ride mine in a mechanical hack. Why? Because I got it for cheap, don't have to mess with bitting her up, and she does wonderfully in it. If it ain't broke, don't fix it!

Seriously - I have nothing against bits at all. My previous horses have all been bitted - from curbs to snaffles. My heart horse I rode in a "racing bit" - a simple snaffle with a thick rubber coating. People thought I was crazy - and said she was "carrying" the bit, and I wouldn't be able to control her. I have no idea what they meant, because she never gave me a bit of trouble.
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Dee that's the way to do it - find what they work best in and stick with it :P
What type of mechanical hackamore do you use? Can you post a pic? I'd love to learn more about those, I've not seen much about the mechanical sorts.
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post #9 of 38 Old 10-12-2012, 03:01 PM
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I don't really have any good ones on this computer. Will try to take some in between storms this weekend and post them. I have no idea what type/kind it is - I got it at a tack auction for $1. Someone will probably say it's a piece of junk (and they'd probably be right!) but it works.

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post #10 of 38 Old 10-13-2012, 02:53 AM
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It depends on the situation.

I'm a big fan of all types of bitted and bitless riding.

That being said, I really like:
-the myler wide-barrel comfort snaffle, for having a similar action to a french link without pinching or collapsing entirely, though my horse doesn't particularily like this mouthpiece.
-the kk snaffle, with the rotated center lozenge. The bit is also made of very nice material, and my horse goes well in this. I believe he likes the tongue contact.
-the neue schule verbidend bit. A nicely made french-link, from a nice material, with a nice tongue clearance 'channel' of sorts. My horse enjoys this bit too.

-the lg zaum bridle, a nice bitless option with minimal mechanical action.
-the lightrider bridle. My horse responds well to this one too.

Every horse and every situation is different. I don't ride western often, though if I did I would be exploring the comfort mouthpieces offered by myler, with shanks, or another similar independent side movement bit, or something with a wide, medium port to offer nice tongue clearance, both loose-jawed.

For any discipline, I think a standard, flat-noseband sidepull also has it's place.

A bit is an investment. They last a lifetime if not abused, and I'd like to treat those purchases as such. I know it's worth it to me to spend $100+ on a bit, knowing that I'll have it, and the option to have very clear communication with my horse, for years to come.
That said, one of the reasons I may think this way is because my horse had a tongue injury and is very picky about what he'll tolerate in his mouth!

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