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    10-21-2009, 06:07 PM
  #1
Weanling
Smile Gentle bit for a two year old?

A couple of days ago I bought a rising two cremello filly. I would like to find her a VERY gentle and kind bit as her first bit and I would like some suggestions :)

I was thinking of one of those rubber flavour bits. Does any have any experience with these?

I will just be useing it to mouth her by the way, she isn't broken in yet.
     
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    10-21-2009, 06:09 PM
  #2
Trained
I would just use a loose ring snaffle.
     
    10-21-2009, 06:19 PM
  #3
Showing
Bit Information (Snaffle and English-Type Bits)
I really like starting a horse with a full cheek french link or full cheek mullen mouth. The full cheeks add lateral pressure to the cheeks to make steering "clearer" and they cannot be pulled through the mouth.
     
    10-21-2009, 06:19 PM
  #4
Yearling
Ditto Kevin. I like one with copper inlay or sweetiron. I'm not a fan of those rubber ones.
     
    10-22-2009, 06:58 AM
  #5
Weanling
Ok, I bought her a single jointed eggbutt snaffle :)

Thanks everyone
     
    10-22-2009, 08:33 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by shesinthebarn    
Ditto Kevin. I like one with copper inlay or sweetiron. I'm not a fan of those rubber ones.
I am not a fan of those rubber bits either and feel they contribute to a heavy headed horse. That and bitless.

My training bit is a copper roller D ring snaffle with a jointed mouth piece.
     
    10-23-2009, 12:00 AM
  #7
Started
What is the average size a two yr old would use for a snaffle?
     
    10-23-2009, 12:07 AM
  #8
Weanling
I really like french link snaffles. They're very gentle and they break up pressure on their mouth so its easier for them to get used to hand pressure.
     
    10-23-2009, 12:27 AM
  #9
Weanling
Both my 2 yr olds use 5" and they both use the loose ring snaffles. Works wonders on them. Glad you found one that you like though.
     
    10-23-2009, 05:13 AM
  #10
Foal
I woulda said the french link, or double jointed D ring (or Fullcheek) snaffle.

I'm told the 'apple' flavoured etc.. bits disintergrate quickly. Single joints I do not like as they can hit the roof of the mouth and pinch (again, not all, but rather be safe than sorry).

Sweet iron is ok, copper just doesn't taste very good (IMO).

Personal choice.
     

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