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post #1 of 13 Old 07-03-2009, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Kindest bit for a pony??

I need a new bit for the pony and I'm looking for the kindest bit besides a hackamore or sidepull obviously. I'm teaching my son how to ride and I don't want her to suffer under his hands lol.

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post #2 of 13 Old 07-03-2009, 06:24 PM
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Depending on what is necessary to keep the pony easily controllable, I would look for a snaffle of some kind, with a wide, possibly rubber or plastic, mouthpiece. Either unjointed or with a french link would eliminate or minimize any "nutcracker" action. I think something along those lines would be most forgiving on the pony. I've also seen hunter ponies go really well in kimberwickes, but these are a little harsher in inexperienced hands.

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post #3 of 13 Old 07-03-2009, 06:30 PM
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I'm pretty sure Rubber Mullen mouth snaffles are great for that..

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post #4 of 13 Old 07-03-2009, 06:33 PM
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I agree with scoutrider here, a 'happy mouth' or 'plastic' snaffle with either no joint or a double joint would be a good choice.

I disagree with the Kimblewick (is this what you call a kimberwicke in the USA? Not seen it spelled like that before) being used in the hands of a beginner child.
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post #5 of 13 Old 07-03-2009, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Well... what about one of those Korsteel flexi flavoured bits? It's rubber and this one has no joint in the middle. I have a Korsteel flavoured bit for my DW mare.

This is the bit I'm thinking of, let me know what you think...
https://www.horseloverz.com/product....oductid=243315

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post #6 of 13 Old 07-03-2009, 06:55 PM
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Yep, that bit should do just fine.

Good luck!

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post #7 of 13 Old 07-03-2009, 11:16 PM
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Rubber mouth snaffles and French link snaffles are pretty mild. Or a hollow mouth. I love copper mouth bits, too.

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Awesome. This should be fun! Ha.

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post #9 of 13 Old 07-04-2009, 09:11 PM
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How fun! I would use a rubber snaffle or a happy mouth snaffle...like the others said....soft and flexible with no joint. Good luck! Keep us posted on how he does!
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post #10 of 13 Old 07-05-2009, 10:55 AM
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My son's shetland goes great in a big fat hollow snaffle. Or, with the reins clipped to his halter lol

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