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    11-10-2011, 11:05 PM
Green Broke
Antique bits for everyday use?

Hi guys! What a great idea to have a tack critique section!

Hey, I was just curious. Do any of you use antique bits to ride with? I have recently discovered I love these old North and Judds. They are low-leverage, sweet iron, and fairly mild for a curb. My horses ride great in them!

This isn't mine, but I use one that is almost identical.

It seems like almost all of the new bits these days have at least 7-8 inches (or more) leverage. These old bits really seemed like they were for everyday riding. Whereas nowadays almost everything seems catered to showing (I guess that is the reason for all the extreme leverage?).

So while you can find some low-leverage newer bits, you kind of have to look for them. I have now started turning to the oldies-but-goodies for a mild, lower leverage curb.

Anyone else love riding in these old style bits?
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    11-11-2011, 01:01 AM
I have a few of them hanging around the barn but I never ride in them. Most of them have the stationary shanks and I much prefer the swivel shanks.

I've found a couple of bits that have the shorter shanks on them that you can buy nowadays.

They say the shanks are 5.5 inches but that is the full length of the cheek so the shanks are more like 4 inches.
AT Low Port Loose Cheek Low Port Western Bit 5in -

Same goes for this thing, the actual shank length is more like 5 inches. This is a decent quality bit for the price.
NP Sweet Iron Loose Cheek Western Curb Bit 5in -

Even this one is a good looking bit, the shanks are probably 5.5 inches, maybe less. I may have to get one just so I can measure the shanks and purchase to get the ratio on, it just looks like a very well made bit.
Weaver Stacy Westfall Double Rein Curb Bit -
    11-11-2011, 01:47 AM
That Stacey Westfall port looks all right, but let me tell you, the Stacey Westfall Argentine snaffle is a piece of crap....
    11-15-2011, 09:49 PM
Green Broke
As far as newer bits go, I like these:

Reinsman Low Port Solid Shank C Bit -

My horses really seem to like the mullen. Not too many mullens out there to be found for some reason.

I've wanted to try some of the Mylers but they are a bit pricey just to play with when I don't really need them, lol!
    11-15-2011, 09:52 PM
Green Broke
PS. Smrobs, I've been wanting to try this one you posted as it looks very similar to the Mylers but much cheaper.

AT Low Port Loose Cheek Low Port Western Bit 5in -
    11-15-2011, 09:55 PM
Hands down Myler bits are the best!
    11-15-2011, 10:15 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by bubba13    
Hands down Myler bits are the best!
Yeah, I have one of their low port comfort snaffles. Very mild, very high quality. What I really want is one of their leverage bits, but it's hard to spend the money on it when you already have a whole bit collection. But I know the quality is excellent and they really put thought into their designs, probably more than any other bit company I have seen.

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