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post #1 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Bits~ what do you use and why?

I'm becoming increasingly interested in bits.
How did you choose yours and why?
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post #2 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 12:16 PM
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I use a tom thumb. I don't give a crap what anyone says about it either. I'm not a heavy hand. In fact I ride at the buckle and use legs and seat more than anything and my horse neck reins. I tom thumb is the bit that they were using when I got him. I ride him in a snaffle the rare time we ride English. But honestly he seems more comfortable in a tom.
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post #3 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 02:17 PM
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I ride both my riding age horses in this bit:

German Silver Loose Ring Eggbutt Snaffle Bit, Horse Bits

I like this bit because it is simple, soft (generally speaking obviously) and encourages contact in both horses with the loose ring however prevent any lip pinching with the eggbutt part.
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post #4 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 02:35 PM
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Myler Bit Stainless Steel HBT Shank
this is the bit I use. I tried him in several snaffles and it just did't work well with him
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I use a Curbed Kimberwicke. My mare is most relaxed in this bit. I've tried riding her in a snaffle but she has proven to be most comfortable in a Curbed Kimberwicke.

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My Percheron mare goes in a Myler single-jointed Dee. She's soft and responsive in that bit and it gives her a lot of tongue relief.

Excel and Molly (eventer and dressage horse) both go in single-jointed or french link eggbutts, but I use french links more because it seems that they prefer them just a bit more.

Arthur, my Paso, goes in an Imus easy-gait comfort bit. I LOVE this bit. Tons of tongue relief, a comfy copper roller, and an extra training ring should I need to school with a snaffle action.

My 4 y/o reining colt is in a single-jointed loose ring. He seems to like the nutcracker action.

My reining Arabian goes in a medium port, medium shank correction bit. Her training is impeccable and she responds to all seat and leg cues with a very soft touch on the bridle if need be.
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My reining gelding, 5 year old, works in a medium port, medium shank correction bit....he's super trained with excellent seat and leg cue response, I use a very light hand on him as it is all he needs.....and for show time, I have a cathedral bit (Gasp) just for a little extra insurance at shows.....I have ridden him in it a couple of times and it really does help refine him just that little bit more than the correction bit....therefore a show day bit, certainly not an every day bit.
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^ Can you post pictures of your cathedral bit? I think they're so interesting. I'd love to learn how to ride with one someday.
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^ Can you post pictures of your cathedral bit? I think they're so interesting. I'd love to learn how to ride with one someday.
Here it is....now before I get flamed, roasted, burnt.....this horse was taken through his training up to this bit, it's not to fix a problem, it's to refine what he already knows......it requires a very light, consistent and quiet hand....Western Horse Bits-Metalab Antique Cathedral High Port Mouth Bit
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post #10 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 04:19 PM
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I tried various bits for my horse.

A bradoon bit, a Baucher bit, lot of full cheek bits without big change. My horse's attitude was the same.

Now, I use a D-ring snaffle bit like Spenger bits.
But with this new bit which I have for one year, my horse is really different.
He relaxs more quickly and works better.
I recommend it!



I would like to try the Meroth leather bit. If you have any information, experience about it, tell me!

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