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    11-29-2011, 07:40 PM
  #1
Foal
Talking Bit Type Survey For College Student Research- All welcome!

Please answer the questions below about bit types. The information is going to be used in my research paper for my english class, I just need to collect some data to use!
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
2. Why do you think this?
3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
7. Do you find this bit easy to use?
8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
     
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    11-29-2011, 07:53 PM
  #2
Green Broke
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
Snaffle

2. Why do you think this?
Snaffles ratio is 1:1, mild, no leverage. But the tricky part is, the bit is only as harsh as the hands that hold it. Rough hands are rough hands. You can also get different mouth peices. So it all comes down to your horse's mouth conformation and what S/HE prefers.

3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
Bits do not train horses, People do. Harsh nits can also make a horse more uncontrolable if they hate the bit you are using. You CAN NOT battle a horse, the horse is way stronger than you. If your horse is going to run... It's going to run no matter WHAT bit you use.

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
Almost all horses are comfortable in a snaffle (Just a regular snaffle, not twisted etc.)

5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
The only metal that I know of that will give a taste is rust. Copper bits will help your horse salivate. If you mean "Happy Mouth" bits (The rubber ones with apple or peppermint flavors) I don't use them, but don't have a problem with them. Good for training young horses getting use to bits.

6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
Horses mouth conformation, what the horse likes.

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?
Yes

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
I can use direct rein pressure.
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    11-29-2011, 07:53 PM
  #3
Foal
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
I don't think this bit is the best one out there but it works really well for me. I use a happy mouth elevator Happy Mouth Shaped Mullen Mouth Elevator - Elevator/Gag Bits from SmartPak Equine for my mare to event or hack in.

2. Why do you think this?
I love this bit because of the leverage and control I gives me, while also being very gentle if I only ride of one rein and go to the other if I need the control. I don't use it for speed I use it to keep her head off the ground.

3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
I think this bit helps me a lot with my mare, especially when out in the open or when she's feeling a little spunky

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
I think she is very comfortable in this bit and actually really likes it. And she lets me know when she doesn't like a bit. She's a red mare after all :P

5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
Well, this bit is plastic but when using a metal bit I do like to have it be all copper or have some copper on it
6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
whether or not your horse likes it/ if it fits them, if your qualified to use it, if it is really what you need

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?
yes, if you know how to ride with two reins and a soft hand

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
hmmmmmm the whole thing?


hope this helps
     
    11-29-2011, 08:13 PM
  #4
Yearling
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
- Snaffle, single jointed or french link.
2. Why do you think this?
- Its the most universal, if someone was to say I could only have one bit for the rest of my life it would be a snaffle, good for starting and working with finished horses in english...western and so on.
3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
Nope, I have a very free spirited horse as well. With my horse all my control comes from my mind set, how I respond to how he is acting, body cues and exercises.

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?

- Not his favorite bit, but I like to believe he is very comfortable.

5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
- I have not noticed a difference with my horse, but a few I have rode are softer in bits with cooper in them.

6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?

- How it fits the horses mouth, horses preference and personality.

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?

- Yup.

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?

- Its diversity, it can be used on any well trained horse in any discipline.

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    12-01-2011, 09:34 AM
  #5
Banned
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)

I really don't, but if I HAD to choose just one, it'd be a shanked Myler with a square ISA port.

2. Why do you think this?

The Independent Side Action, tongue relief, curb action, and finesse.

3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?

Has nothing to do with being "free-spirited." I think it helps me communicate with my horse better.

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?

Yes.

5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?

Not flavors, per se, but sweet iron.

6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?

The horse's preference/training and the rider's skill/discipline.

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?

Um....yes?

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?

Isolation of where I want to work.
     
    12-01-2011, 03:36 PM
  #6
Weanling
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
Any snaffle. I personally have a eggbutt snaffle with a copper mouth piece on my horse's bridle

2. Why do you think this?
Every horse I have ever ridden could be ridden with a snaffle. No digging for different bridles/bits. Plus its generally safe for beginners.

3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
If my horse is being "particularly free spirited" I"ll do stuff completely unrelated to pulling her mouth around as it does nothing but start a pulling war. So no, I don't feel this bit helps me control my horse any more than just riding in a halter.

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
As far as I can tell, yes.

5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
Not flavored exactly, but I have a copper mouth piece. I was told to get a copper mouth piece so the horse salivates more, therefore relaxing their jaw and accepting the bit better and responding softer. Since the bit doesn't bother her I decided to not bother changing it after realizing the flaw in that thinking.

6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
The level of the horses training and the riders. Mostly the rider's training. Seen way to many horses that were perfectly fine in curbs go bad from those who don't understand the bit.

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?
As easy as every other bit to use correctly.

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
Both my horse and I are good with it and will never need another bit.
     
    12-01-2011, 04:23 PM
  #7
Started
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
  • loose ring and/or dee ring snaffle (single or double joint)
2. Why do you think this?
  • i feel the snaffle, whether single or double jointed, is the softest/simplest bit option giving rider and horse a clear line of communication without too much extra "static" on the line
3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
  • interestingly enough, i've found that my most spirited horse has responded best with a single joint loose ring snaffle. Something about the simplicity of it allows us to communicate better. Granted if he decided he was going to lose his mind I might be lacking in the emergency brake department, but that's what training (both horse and rider) is for ;)
4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
  • after going through something like 10-15 bits, yes i'd say this is his choice for comfort, contact and communication
5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
  • the bit I have has a german silver mouthpiece
6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
  • fit, function, comfort, training (of both horse and rider)
7. Do you find this bit easy to use?i don't think you can get much easier than a loose ring snaffle. :P
8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
  • how happy my horse is
     
    12-01-2011, 07:53 PM
  #8
Foal
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
full cheek snaffle (probably french link or jointed)

2. Why do you think this?
The full cheeks give more lateral control but more importantly prevent the bit being pulled through the horses mouth and create a more stable mouthpiece.

3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
Helps with training horses - turning aids etc

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
For sure, as long as it is used correctly

5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
not really, but copper (said to taste sweeter) is preferred

6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
the way the horse takes to it or how it affects their way of going. Whether it is 'legal' for competition etc

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?
yes, if you know how to ride with two reins and a soft hand

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
It's smart and competition legal
     
    12-01-2011, 08:40 PM
  #9
Trained
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)

I have 2..but for completely different reasons-

1. The loose ring snaffle
2. A spade bit

2. Why do you think this?
Snaffle- you can ride anything in this bit.
Spade- if you can ride a horse in a spade he is a finished horse. And not everyone has the hands to ride with a spade. You and the horse that is packing it are at the highest level of traditional horsemanship.

3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?

No, if your using a bit to gain more control your doing it wrong, you have "holes" in your training program.

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?

A snaffle is fairly comfortable

A spade is designed for comfort...the spoon fits the roof of the mouth.


5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?

Copper and sweet iron....copper promotes saliva production. Sweet iron rusts, horses like the taste of it.

6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?

The needs of the horse and level of training

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?

I find the snaffle extremely easy to use.

The spade is hard to use, for myself, you must have the utmost feel and timing to be able to use it properly and get a horse to the level of training where he can pack it.

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?

As I said above-


The snaffle can go on anything, very versatile.

The spade is the opposite you can not just hang it on anything which is why I like it. It can be very comfortable and humane even though it doesn't look like it and has a bad reputation.

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    12-01-2011, 08:41 PM
  #10
Showing
1. What bit type do you personally think is the best? (Be as specific as you'd like)
Whatever bit works best for that particular horse. Not every bit will work with every horse or every training level or discipline. The best bit may be anything from a simple loose ring snaffle to a ported curb depending on the circumstances. All that being said, my standard go-to bit for horses that are beyond the snaffle training stage is a sweetwater port curb bit with short swivel shanks.

2. Why do you think this?
Each horse is different, they have different shaped mouths, they have different preferences, different training levels or expectations, and each rider has different needs. That is exactly why there are so many bits out there.

3. Do you find that it helps control your horse better, especially if your horse is particularly free spirited?
No. A bit doesn't control a horse, it only guides him. What will control a horse best is what you've put inside his brain by way of training. Any horse can choose to ignore any bit, no matter how soft or harsh, it is only the training that makes him listen.

4. Do you think you're horse is comfortable in this bit?
Yes, most of my broke horses wear similar styles of bit and they all seem to be very content in them. They don't show signs of irritation or pain and they are all nice and responsive and soft.

5. Do you use metals with flavors for your horse? If yes, which?
I don't know if you would call them "flavors" per say, but I prefer a bit that is made from sweet iron and has copper inlays. I've found that the majority of horses are happy with that combination.

6. Which aspects do you think are most influential when deciding which bit is best?
Everything that I've said answering the previous questions. Shape of the horse's mouth, what level of training he has, what level of performance he is expected to perform, what the discipline dictates, and what the rider has the knowledge to use. For example, I would never put a child on a horse in a spade bit or a cathedral port or a twisted snaffle. The child simply doesn't have the knowledge on how to use those bits properly and would likely injure the horse.

7. Do you find this bit easy to use?
Any bit can be easy to use if you have the knowledge to use it properly, but yes, I find my favorite bit an easy bit to use for pretty much whatever I want to do.

8. What is the best aspect of your favorite bit?
It's simple, it's mild, and my horses seem to like it.
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