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    11-12-2012, 10:27 PM
Ohhhhh goodness. I have a drawer full of bits and want more. So e of my favorites are: loose ring Pelham with crescent lozenge, loose ring Sprenger, Mikmar Pelham. I have a ton of others ranging from Myler to simple eggbutts.
I don't use them all, I keep a collection to use should I need it.
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    11-12-2012, 10:34 PM
I ride all my horses in just a plain loose ring snaffle... I find they are not harsh, and all my horses are super responsive to them.... I think if I put a harsher bit in my horses mouth she would have my glued to the ceiling!
    11-12-2012, 11:14 PM
JP Korsteel Oval Mouth Loose Ring

This is my go to bit. I do have my 2yo in a single jointed copper mouth egg butt since it is a little more stable in her mouth and a little thinner than the JP.
    11-12-2012, 11:43 PM
I use this bit:

I have found it works for near about any kind of riding that I do.
    11-14-2012, 04:33 PM
I mainly use 2 types of bits. For initial saddle training and re-training, I use a simple loose ring snaffle. When my horses reach the stage in their training when they are ready to move up to a curb bit, then I have a variety of short shanked curb bits that I like to use.

These are the 2 styles that I use the most.

    11-14-2012, 06:27 PM
I normally use a french link eggbutt.
I have used a twisted full cheek on Ginger when she was in training. (:
    11-14-2012, 06:57 PM
We have three horses but I'll just say what I use on the horse that I ride the most. Normally I ride her in a plain O-ring snaffle and she is comfortable and happy. On days that she seems to be a bit off I switch it to a full cheek and it seems to make her happy.
    11-14-2012, 10:10 PM
Usually I ride Rosie in a stainless steel D-ring wrapped wire snaffle, she's content and it's what she's always been ridden in, and some days I also put her in a plain copper mouth snaffle to keep her light in the mouth. I always ride Rowdy in a copper mouth snaffle, both western and English, she's very light in the mouth and I like to keep her bits mild as she doesn't need much.
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    11-14-2012, 10:16 PM
I use the curb bit that came with my nylon bridle. I would use a lighter bit if I had one, but right now I can't justify the unnecessary expense. A bit is only as harsh as the rider's hands anyway.

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