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post #1 of 11 Old 05-08-2010, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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Choosing a Bit . . .

Ok, so, I have a 7 year old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding that I'm about to start training him Saddleseat. He's currently in an Eggbutt Snaffle, but I'd really like to switch him to a curb bit. I'm really stuck on what bit I should get him. I hear great things about the Brenda Imus Comfort Bit and my old trainer wanted him in a Wonder Bit, but I'd rather not switch him to that. What bit do you think I need for him?
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post #2 of 11 Old 05-08-2010, 08:09 PM
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First question: why does he need a curb bit? Or why do you want to change bits?
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post #3 of 11 Old 05-08-2010, 10:53 PM
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What are you hoping to accomplish with the change?
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-08-2010, 11:52 PM
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Tenessee Walkers are shown in curb bits, usually.

The majority of my instructor's horses use Billy Allen curbs.. none of that 12-inch funky shank business. Only one uses a WonderBit.
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He does better in a curb bit then a snaffle bit
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Originally Posted by SpiritJordanRivers View Post
He does better in a curb bit then a snaffle bit
I'd say thats a training problem then. A horse should treat all bits the same (i.e. responding to all cues well), a curb bit means its just less work on your part.
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post #7 of 11 Old 05-10-2010, 03:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ok then I want a curb, which bit should I get?
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-30-2010, 03:27 PM
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The Roberts Reining horse bit is a WONDERFUL bit. My friends use them on there walkers and it is a medium port bit.
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-02-2010, 11:49 PM
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Heyy cool cool!! Saddleseat is a lot of fun! Ummmm... Really, it all depends on how your horse works. If your horse isn't consistent in tucking his nose without you having to work your bridle ever second, your going to want a higher port bit with a long shank. The more your horse is lighter in the bridle the lower the port has to be.

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post #10 of 11 Old 08-03-2010, 12:17 AM
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Look for a short shanked, low (or no) port bit. My gelding Loki was worked in a medium/shortish shanked bit with a solid, slightly curved mouthpiece. He worked wonderfully in it, but I've taken him back to a snaffle.

I suggest something like that, it's lightweight and easy on the mouth. Won't send the horse into hysterics at the slightest touch of the reins.

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