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post #1 of 17 Old 12-22-2011, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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French Link Eggbutt with curved Snaffle?

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My old trusty bit was in need of replacement, and while I could have purchased the same one again, I thought I'd try something similar but different. Oops. I typically use a sweet iron eggbutt snaffle (I ride English)... and I "replaced" it with a French Link Eggbutt with a Curve. Any experience with these bits? I actually didn't intend for there to be a curve, but in my haste at the store, I didn't pay attention to that :/ So, now I've got a bit I'm not using due to the fact that this is going to put more pressure on the bars of my horses' mouths. I also can see that it might exert more poll pressure because of the action from the double joint on the curve. Am I being too critical? Both of my horses are sensitive... and while I think this might work well with my mare (trying it tonight), I know my gelding will be wholly unappreciative of my attempt to reduce the "pinch" of a snaffle... Hmmm. I wasn't trying to be more harsh, or expect any difference in riding results... just wanted something comparable and more "gentle", if anything.

Also, wouldn't a french link with a straight snaffle actually be a bit less intense than a "plain" snaffle?

I look forward to hearing reviews and experiences with this type of bit :)

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That looks more like a Dr. Bristol than a french link. But either way, having that center piece is usually a lot less finicky in a horse's mouth since a regular snaffle has a nut cracker effect.

I've been wanting to try one with my horse but for now he seems happy in his eggbutt snaffle.

Tell me what you experience though!
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I just got my boy in his new one, which looks the same as your new one and he likes it much better than the hollow mouth he was in, or at least it seems that way since he's stopped tossing his head which he did in both the simple hollow mouth snaffle and the tom thumb. I'm not sure what the curve you're referring to is though.
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Th here is a link that better demonstrates the "curve" on the bits mouth piece...
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Make sure it's a true french link bit!
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I like french links they are great for schooling if it suits the horse, your old bit is the type I wont use due to it's nutcracker effect. If the bit is curved then that is designed to fit the shape of the horses mouth better (Myler bits are very curved).
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Skyseternalangel: the most important difference to note between a french link and a dr. Bristol is NOT the shape of the center piece, but the angle at which it is mounted. A french link sits flat, a dr.bristol does not. Thanks for your concern though.
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Yep, mine is curved like that too- it allows the bit to sit more comfortably over the tongue when being carried rather than squishing the tongue flat in the middle.
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I wouldn't worry about pressure on the poll, as far as I know, snaffles put NO pressure on the poll whatsoever, only bits with shanks and curb straps do because the leverage puts the pressure on the poll. No leverage, no pressure. The only way you could get poll pressure with a snaffle is if you buckle super tight but by then your horse would most likely have a ripped mouth.

I agree with the others, these bits are much more comfy in a horse's mouth because of the lack of nutcracker action pinching the tongue and pushing up into the roof of the mouth. Cinny won't even go in a regular snaffle for me anymore, I have to have a three piece also.

His favorite is this one JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Copper Loose Ring Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery
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Cinny won't even go in a regular snaffle for me anymore, I have to have a three piece also.

His favorite is this one JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Copper Loose Ring Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery
I want to try this one: JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Hunter Dee Snaffle Bit | Dover Saddlery on my horse some day. I'm not a fan of the nut cracker effect either and I'm curious how he'd react in it.

How did you switch bits Cinny?
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