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    09-25-2012, 06:40 PM
When we discuss spade bits in the northern Rockies, we are referring to the mouthpiece, not the decorations.
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    09-25-2012, 06:46 PM
Originally Posted by boots    
When we discuss spade bits in the northern Rockies, we are referring to the mouthpiece, not the decorations.
I live in the northern rockies... I am not sure what you mean by the decorations. The types of mouth pieces that I referenced in my last post are all examples of different types of mouth pieces on a "spade bit"
    09-25-2012, 06:53 PM
Santa Barbara is a cheek style not a mouthpiece.
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    09-25-2012, 07:08 PM
Wow guys thanks for this thread. I just did a lot of research on "bridle horses" and learned a lot. I'd never really heard about this before. Awesome!
    09-25-2012, 07:19 PM
From how I was taught, the spade refers to the actual spade mouthpiece(spoon & braces) regardless of the cheek style. The spade refers to the spade because it is not considered as or to be ridden as a typical leverage style bit, but strickly as a signal bit. Other mouthpeices like the Mona Lisa(which I have not found many horses to like), the Frog, San Joaquin, Half Breed and such can all be ridden like any conventional leverage bit. The Santa Barbara style which you descibed above is a typical cheek style because of the balance it provides for the mouthpiece, not the mouthpiece itself.
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    09-25-2012, 10:54 PM
You can essentially teach any horse to use a bit as a "signal bit" It is the way in which you use the bit to communicate with the horse. A spade bit is not a leverage bit, if it were to be it would be very harsh. I have always been taught that the spade it is a bit classification. But within the classification there are many different designs and styles. I think we are essentially saying the same thing. However not all spade bits have a similar mouth piece, not every spade bit has a spoon and braces.

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