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post #1 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on French link bits?

What's your opinion on how bits with a French link work and feel for the horses?
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post #2 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 10:29 PM
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I really like the french link. My 4 year old is ridden in one (he has a soft mouth) and he loves it. You don't get the "nutcracker" action as you would with a normal single-jointed snaffle. The french link lays flat and seems to be a nice soft bit.

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post #3 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 10:31 PM
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French links are great, but while most horses like them there are a few out there that don't.

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i like it, or better, the version that is the KK ultra.
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post #6 of 18 Old 10-10-2013, 11:18 PM
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I've only tried it with my Paint Horse and he's not a fan for some reason or another. I use a D-ring snaffle with copper rollers that he and my National Show Horse both like. I tried it because I thought the French link would have been softer. So, for my horse it's best to stick with what works.
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post #7 of 18 Old 10-11-2013, 12:25 AM
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I also like French links. I've always used the kind with the lozenge in the middle (KK Ultra or knock off). My horse now has a KK Ultra 2-Type and goes quite well in it.
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post #9 of 18 Old 10-11-2013, 12:31 AM
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Around here KK seems to only come in loose ring, and french only in eggbutt, so I use them interchangeably depending on what cheek piece I want. Never had a problem with it! They seem pretty comfortable for the horse.

Lately though, I have been using Myler bits and I quite like them.
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post #10 of 18 Old 10-11-2013, 02:35 AM
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Mine's one of the few that didn't like the french link. And actually hated the kk ultra even more! Ah well.

Aside from that, not much more practical opinion from me, but I really do like them in theory. Hence why it was the first set of bits I tried with my horse.
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