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    05-18-2009, 03:43 PM
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bit question

I have a friend... I really do! Just one... anyway... her daughter has a horse that is QH trained for show. She shows him in the AQHA shows. The teenager that owned the horse before her used a wire bit for training and showed english in a port bit w/ a chain. (it is a legal english bit - I don't know the name). Anway, she has very soft hands however w/ that harsh a bit any tug on the reigns will send the horses head sky high. SO... my question is... what is a milder bit that will get the same type of results?
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    05-18-2009, 05:11 PM
I would assume that nearly any solid mouth bit with a port and shank would have the same result. I think I may be a bit confused, are they wanting his head to go way up when they cue with the bit?
    05-18-2009, 05:49 PM
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No! Sorry. She wants the QH frame w/ the low english headset but when she tugs the reign (she's 13) she can sometimes "pop" him even though she's not trying to be harsh and he throw's his head up. Not a good thing. I think she needs a much milder bit but I know that a plain old snaffle is not going to work w/ this horse. I was looking at some myler bits... me and her mom are trying to figure some ideas out for bits to try. He doesnt need a harsh bit but he is ADD and needs something that reminds him of his job... I know the bit is not the entire answer, I know there is seat and leg issues as well... we are working everything but the bit needs to be changed. He also has a wave mouth so he gets his teeth floated quite often (2 - 3 times a year). Not sure if that effects the bit or not....
    05-18-2009, 05:55 PM
Oh, okay. :) I think a Myler or Billy Allen snaffle would be a good choice for the next option. Have they ever considered trying bitless with a bosal since he does have teeth issues? That may be something else to think about though I am not sure of the rules for showing in a bosal.
    05-18-2009, 06:00 PM
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Bosal would be western for a 2 year old. I mean, I think you can all the way through 5 but at 3 they can use a port.

She needs a bit for english, looking upt he billy allen now.
    05-18-2009, 06:01 PM
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Oops... need english... myler looks like the choice huh? Gosh they are $$$$$
    05-18-2009, 06:13 PM
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This is one of my favorite bits on the planet. It's very mild when used properly and encourages horses to relax and helps with their frame. I've never met a horse that doesn't like this bit.
    05-18-2009, 06:29 PM
Just so you are aware, Metalab makes a few "mock Myler" bits that are about a third of the price.
I would suggest talking to the dentist to see what kind of bits might work best.
    05-18-2009, 10:09 PM
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Eternal sun, that's the one I showed her too! I think that's a good one.

JDI, I think she is going to ask the dentist although I'm not sure it's an issue, I figure it's definitely worth asking.
    05-19-2009, 12:00 AM
If she can get in touch with the dentist he will at least be able to tell her what kind of mouth shape the horse has and from that you can get the best bit possible for that horse.
For example, low palated horses might prefer a nice thin comfort snaffle wide barrel Myler.
High paleted horses with a normal or thick tongue might benefit from a tongue relief bit.

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