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        11-01-2007, 07:27 PM

    I currently ride my baby in a racing dee copper mouth, and it fis her fine and everything, but she bites on it alot and tries to get it out of her mouth. However, she has done this with all the bits I have used but they have all been snaffle so I was wondering if you think a frenchlink will be better. We don't usually have control problems unless its a bad day or sometimes she tries to cut out or follow other horses and wont turn, but that's not much of a problem and she's young still. Do you think it will make her happier and more responsive to try something with another joint?
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        11-01-2007, 09:54 PM
    It's possible she may not enjoy a single jointed bit. Maybe you could try the JP by Korsteel Oval Mouth Copper Loose Ring snaffle. I use that on my horse and he LOVES it!

    How many wrinkles do you have in her mouth?
        11-02-2007, 12:03 AM
    It is a very common response for youngsters to try and spit the bit out, so don't be distressed about that. Instead of switching bits all the time, your horse has to learn to accept the bit, not trying to avoid it. It sounds like you're using a very soft bit, but in that you have to have a soft hand as well.
    A French link bit is very soft, and it eliminates any crackerjack action that a normal snaffle has - it's a very nice bit and my bit of choice.
    Also, you might want to get her teeth checked, make sure nothing's wrong in the mouth that is hurting her.
    Something you might want to consider is that western riders usually (okay, so show riders...) start in a hackamore to get the basics down pat, then switch to a snaffle, then move to a curb, this might be worth investigating for your situation?
        11-02-2007, 07:56 PM
    I would go with a french link snaffle. She will probobly be alot more comfortable in a jointed bit. If you can try it, get one with those little rollers in it, because she may have a busy mouth, and that might help with her boredom if that's what it is. Just try to stay as soft as possible with the bit.
        11-04-2007, 04:58 PM
    I have a job for you bit experts-
    Can you help find me a bit? I want a double jointed one with rollers and preferably copper somewhere in there. Oh ya, and preferably something cheap, not like over 100 bucks.
    Thanks for the help=]
        11-04-2007, 08:25 PM
    Okay, heres what I have, all far under 100 bucks:
    ^ That one looks good, not sure how many joints it has though, I think 3.
    ^That one should work perfect, and its only 24 dollars...
    ^That one looks good too.
    ^Yet another great bit, this one looks like it has a smaller chance of pinching his tongue.

    Hope I helped!!!
        11-05-2007, 06:23 PM
    Wow, thnx that really helps=]

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