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post #1 of 7 Old 08-19-2013, 09:10 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 10 year old thoroughbred/app/morgan mix. He is trained western. He is riding in a normal snaffle bit. I wanted to start him on a shank bit, due to the fake its what Im used to and for showing purposes when we do decide to show. I was wondering what is a kind bit to use. I have experiance with using them so I don't have a rough hand but I don't want a bit that's harsh. He listens okay to the shank bit. It will go from a lope to a walk and a trot to a walk. The only thing you have to give a bit of pressure to is walk to a stop. You have to pull hard for him to stop. If you could post a picture with the bit and why you like it that would be so helpful. Anything would be helpful!
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I personally wouldn't put a shanked bit on him until he's stopping/slowing off my seat and voice, working OFF the bit on a draped rein to do so.

However if you MUST use a shanked bit there are plenty of variations out there. My pictures won't work right now, but if I were you I'd look for something with a short shank and jointed or a solid mouthpiece with a very subtle/low port for now.
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I personally wouldn't put a shanked bit on him until he's stopping/slowing off my seat and voice, working OFF the bit on a draped rein to do so.

However if you MUST use a shanked bit there are plenty of variations out there. My pictures won't work right now, but if I were you I'd look for something with a short shank and jointed or a solid mouthpiece with a very subtle/low port for now.
I do not need a shank bit if my horse isnt ready for one. I want whats best for him:)
So for when he IS ready, this is what bit has been recommened for me by someone at my barn. Its a Double Jointed Transition Bit W/ Copper Wrap - 6 3/4 In. Cheeks

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The bit I like to transition with is called a training snaffle, it has a very short purchase, and small curved shank. I like that it has D rings as well as the curved short shank so I can change the position of the reins if I need to.

I don't know how to get a picture on here but the bit here is similar to the one I use when I move up from a snaffle.

Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Training Snaffle Bit With Sweet Iron & Copper Inlay
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The bit I like to transition with is called a training snaffle, it has a very short purchase, and small curved shank. I like that it has D rings as well as the curved short shank so I can change the position of the reins if I need to.

I don't know how to get a picture on here but the bit here is similar to the one I use when I move up from a snaffle.

Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Training Snaffle Bit With Sweet Iron & Copper Inlay
Thank you for this! It is very similar to the one he is using now except with a small shank. And a bonus, its not overly expensive!

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This is the bit similar to the ones we use to go from a snaffle to a curb and to start riding one handed. http://www.smithbrothers.com/black-t...t/p/X3-013141/

We greatly prefer the 3 piece bits to the ones with a single joint. This little bit is very 'loose' and allows a rider to ride both one handed and two handed. It is as comfortable to a horse for direct rein use as a snaffle is, maybe more-so.

For horses that dislike tongue pressure (your horse probably doesn't since he rides in a plain snaffle), we transition into a Mylar or similar bit to this one. http://www.smithbrothers.com/fg-anti...it/p/X3-01185/

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That second bit that Cherie posted is one of the bits I usually use when transitioning up from the snaffle.

I also use a bit very similar to this with good results
Http://www.amazon.com/Abetta-Half-Breed-Sweetwater-Bit/dp/B002HJCZKA/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=OX4DECX9Z5R0&coliid=I2RD238SU5D3CT


Just a personal preference, but I'm not really a fan of bits with broken mouths and shanks. I've never really liked the way they felt.

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