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    05-21-2010, 12:29 PM
Originally Posted by coelh102    

But he opens his mouth and lowers his head and sometimes even gets the shanks in his mouth and then we will just stop and look at me, worried.
I'd be worried too.
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    05-21-2010, 12:38 PM

So Something like this would be good for him?
    05-21-2010, 12:38 PM
Definitely. That's a very nice bit to start with and direct rein in.
    05-21-2010, 02:33 PM
I find that most horses will prefer a double joint to a single jointed bit. If you refer to my article, it explains why :)

ETA- please avoid Dr Bristol bits though; be warned, at first glance, Dr Bristols look very similar to a French Link bit.
    05-21-2010, 07:50 PM
My mare didn't like a regular single jointed snaffle (dipped down her head, and tried to evade pressure), and so I tried a french link full cheek snaffle bit, and she was much better. Some horses, especially smaller mouthed horses don't like the single joint, because it hits the top of their mouths easier.

I would try a double or triple jointed snaffle bit of some sort, and see if his behavior changes.
    05-21-2010, 07:57 PM
Whoa, wait a minute. Does this mean that you are lunging him with the lunge line attached to the bit???

But he opens his mouth and lowers his head and sometimes even gets the shanks in his mouth and then we will just stop and look at me, worried.
When he is standing still he stops playing with the bit, but when lunging, he gets it stuck in his mouth and its because he is playing with it constantly
If so, please, please don't lunge with the line attached to the bit, especially a shanked bit. If you are direct reining and have not started to teach him to neck rein, then you shouldn't be riding in any kind of curb as it is just confusing and puts too much force into his mouth and he will end up hard mouthed. I suggest either a standard loose ring snaffle or something like JDI posted. He should be solid in all cues with that and beginning to neck rein before you even think of putting him in a curb bit.
    05-21-2010, 08:22 PM
Don't mean to hijack, but all this talk of not direct reining in a curb... what of the Kimberwick? O_O

I do agree on the amazing-ness of a french link though. It's what I'm starting Gracie in. =]
    05-21-2010, 09:20 PM
Smrobs - I am not lunging him with the lunge attached to the bit, I usually lunge him first to get some of his spunk out then ground drive then ride. I have the riens attached to the saddle and I had his rope halter under the bridle, which is a one ear sliding headstall. No I would never lunge off the bit.

I thought my bit wasn't a curb, but a snaffle, single jointed? I must be really wrong then! Haha but it is the one in the picture on my beginning post... I thought it was a tom thumb snaffle?
Also I don't have the luxury of 'testing' these bits, I have to purchase them, can you return a bit? I don't live in an area where people keep horses for pets like I do, I live with the only other horses around are amish. We have one neighbor 6 miles away who has 3 horses but hasn't ridden in over a year but I do go to her periodically for advice, but I have turned here more because I get more opinions which is GREAT
    05-21-2010, 09:23 PM
A Tom Thumb is mis-labeled as a snaffle any time you see shanks on a bit, its considered a curb bit. Or that's a good general rule for it.
    05-21-2010, 09:35 PM
Sam- Good to know, Thanks! I did not know that!

JustDressageit- I see what you mean about Dr. Bristol! Wow! And it looks so harsh!

I think I will go with the French-link but should I get Full Cheek, Eggbutt, or Dee, or even the regular O Ring? I was thinking full cheek but what do you think?

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