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post #11 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 04:26 PM
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I ride my horse in a Myler Eggbutt Level 1 bit.

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post #12 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 04:58 PM
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I started off with a d-ring with copper rollers, but I found she was too mouthy with it.
I moved her to a d-ring french link and she seems to go well in it. I wanted something reasonably soft and this works. I use a french link loose ring snaffle too. I think they're pretty much the same though.
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post #13 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 05:18 PM
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i run a hackamore on all my personal horses right now. i love the head set it gives them..really easy on the not every horse can use one but my saddle horses today i trained for them to ride in three youngest ones are slowly heading to saddle horse stage of there lives and out of the three..only one is probably going to make it. but time will tell
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post #14 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 05:41 PM
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I use a low ported Kimberwick with a roller. The horse I have now and the last 2 horses I've had over the last 10 years respond very well to it. I recommend it for someone with light hands just becase it is a slightly harsher bit.
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post #15 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 09:01 PM
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I use a KK Ultra 2-Type. My horse was going well in a KK Ultra knock off, but I noticed the corners of his mouth getting a little bit red after rides. I still wanted the feel of a loose ring snaffle, so I gave this one a try; he seems happy with it and no longer gets red after riding.
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post #16 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 09:06 PM
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Starting: Dr. Cook Bitless Bridle-it's going good!
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post #17 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 09:08 PM
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Loose ring, all copper french link. (The one with the lozenge, not the flat middle)

Or my full cheek snaffle.

I use the french link as an every day or my show bit
the full cheek is for trails, so if we go running she has something more to feel when I need to turn.

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post #18 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 09:14 PM
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Oh that is so broad...I will often switch bits on a horse so they remain responsive. Occasionally you get a horse who gets smart and learns how to manipulate the bit.

Selena rides in a Jr. Cowhorse with a short shank and three piece copper roller to run barrels in because it's light enough not to overpower her but aggressive enough with the small gag action to say "hey, rate here" when she needs it. For reining, she has an 8'' shank Billy Allen bit. She dislikes ports, but she can go quietly in a long shank. For general training she has a Myler snaffle.

Ruger trains and does general riding in either a Myler twisted comfort snaffle or the Jr. Cowhorse mentioned above.

Rebel goes in the Billy Allen bit because his mouth was ruined beyond repair. It's a soft bit that gets results.

Carmen and Harvey both go in a regular single jointed loose ring snaffle.

I have a LOT of bits in my collection though. If I feel a horse needs something else that day I switch. Ruger actually will often get put in a draw gag just for the poll pressure action. Selena sometimes gets a ring combo bit if she needs a little extra "focus" that day. A goosetree simplicity as well, I like it on young horses. It really just depends.

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post #19 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 09:14 PM
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I ride Nibbles in this bit. It's a D ring double jointed snaffle with a copper roller. SHe does great and seems to be comfortable in it

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post #20 of 29 Old 11-12-2012, 09:16 PM
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For Casey, broke trail and dressage horse, I use a loose ring Myler Comfort Snaffle because it was recommended for her small palate and large tongue. She LOVES that bit, she used to be resistant to opening up her mouth for her regular loose ring but now with the Myler she opens right up.

For Candy, to-be eventer that is green over fences and is currently doing lots of dressage, trails, and jumping up to 2.6, I use loose ring double jointed bit made of aurigan, something along the lines of the Herm Sprenger KK Ultra but she came with her bit so I am not exactly sure of what brand or model it is. She has a very soft mouth and can brace against the bit, hence the loose ring and double joint(or at least why I keep her in it).

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