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post #1 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Your Favorite/Least Favorite Bits?

I'm always interested in others opinions of different bits.

So, what are your favorite and least favorite bits? I'd love to see pics as well!

My favorites:
-Copper or Sweet Iron snaffles
-Any eggbutt or full cheek snaffles
-Oval mouth and french link mouthpieces
-Mullen mouth or low port shanked bits

My least favorites:
-Tom Thumb bits
-Any sort of twisted, bike chain, or chain bit in general (especially when combined with shanks and/or single jointed mouthpieces)
-Over the top combination bits!REI.jpg
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post #2 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 10:25 AM
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Whatever my horses prefer. Since they prefer Mikmar, I go with Mikmar snaffles (eggbutt and loose rings eggbutt).
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post #3 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 10:29 AM
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What Val said. The bits I like the most are the ones my horses prefer.

Casper goes best in a D-ring french link snaffle, so that's his bit. JJ's happiest in a fullcheek low port correction bit, so that's his. JJ's bit looks like a torture device to me, but he fusses and tosses his head with anything else.

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Yep, whatever the horse prefers. I guess my default bit would be an eggbutt frenchlink snaffle, but I'd happily try something else if it didn't suit the horse. Brock's in the default and is fine with it but I have ridden him in a shanked bit before for training purposes, under instruction. I'm certainly not keen on bike chain etc, but then I'm not sure I consider that bitting material so I would never even consider it. If I wouldn't put it in my own mouth...
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post #5 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 10:56 AM
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Whatever my horse prefers. Out of my happy mouth, koresteel loose ring and my regular d-ring snaffle, my mare prefers the d ring, but she doesn't like the double jointed mouth piece. I'm going to invest in either d-ring, eggbutt or full cheek french link snaffle soon.
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post #6 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 11:20 AM
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I'm with the rest: whatever my horse prefers.

Short Shank Dogbone.jpg
^^ My mare and mom's gelding prefers this short shank with a dogbone mouthpiece.

Hodges Futurity Bit.jpg
^^ I tried *so many* different bits, but my previous gelding liked his Hodges Futurity Bit.

^^ About 5 or 6 of my other horses LOVE this snaffle, and we've never felt any need to move them out of it.

Sorry about the big pictures!!

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post #7 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 01:50 PM
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I'm with the rest - whatever my horse prefers. She seems to like a stainless steel wrapped wire bit. My coach loves them and uses them on almost all her horses. Mine is like this one, but it's a plain D-ring and the wrapped section isn't as long.
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post #8 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 03:26 PM
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I love these bits:

And, I don't really like most chain bits and mechanical hackamores... I've seen too much wrong done with them.

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post #9 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 03:49 PM
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Good old loose ring snaffe with a sweet iron mouth. Havent met a horse that didn't like it.
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post #10 of 21 Old 07-11-2012, 04:21 PM
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Well, Casey's favorite is the Myler Comfort Snaffle loose ring, which is great for her low palate. It's sweet iron. The cheek pieces are quite big (bigger than they look in the picture) so they provide some help with steering..

Although I haven't really tried any of my other bits (except for my Myler which she liked) on Candy, she likes and goes fine in a loose ring double jointed snaffle made of aurigon with lozenge in middle. This is the bit, got it for free

I also have a copper mouth single jointed eggbutt, single jointed full cheek, low port and single jointed kimberwicke, tom thumb sitting in the garbage heap, fat single jointed herm sprenger loose ring (got it for free from instructor!), and more that are slipping my mind.. lol

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