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post #1 of 25 Old 03-14-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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My horse has a snaffle bit but i don't think he likes it...

Posted via Mobile Device hey I have a three yo standie and I use a snaffle bit but im not sure he likes it any ideas of a different softer bit too use maybe? Or should I just keep using this snaffle bit ??

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Well, some don't. Although there are about a hundred different snaffles, so it can be hard to tell. My mare doesn't like french link snaffles, is OK with 2 piece snaffles, is OK with a waterford (5 links), but currently seems happiest with a gag bit.

Trooper, OTOH, seems to ride the same no matter what bit we use.

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Well, some don't. Although there are about a hundred different snaffles, so it can be hard to tell. My mare doesn't like french link snaffles, is OK with 2 piece snaffles, is OK with a waterford (5 links), but currently seems happiest with a gag bit.

Trooper, OTOH, seems to ride the same no matter what bit we use.

Horses get a vote... I'd recommend borrowing a variety and seeing what gets the best response.

Haha yeh that's very true lol yeh I have a two peice snaffle bit atm do you think an eggbutt bit would work better at all? Oh yeh what is a gag bit is it a gag snaffle bit or just gag bit ?
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My gelding doesn't like a single jointed snaffle either. He does, however, love a French link (double jointed) snaffle. He also goes great in a little S hack, but he listens more to leg cues anyway.

What kind of bit are you in now? Loose ring, D ring, eggbutt? I've found my boy likes an eggbutt over a loose ring.
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My gelding doesn't like a single jointed snaffle either. He does, however, love a French link (double jointed) snaffle. He also goes great in a little S hack, but he listens more to leg cues anyway.


Oh yeh what's a s hack bit?
What kind of bit are you in now? Loose ring, D ring, eggbutt? I've found my boy likes an eggbutt over a loose ring.
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Has this colt been taught to accept and use a bit? If not, that's probably why he doesn't like it. No animal is going to LIKE taking a piece of metal that has no meaning to them into their mouths. What kind of snaffle do you have? There are so many kinds out there. Don't be discouraged just because he doesnt like this particular one.

There are so many kinds of material. Rubber, german silver, copper, nickle, stainless steel, sweet iron, leather... and many diameters as well. Thicker snaffles tend to be less harsh but not always. And some horses just can't stand having something large and wide on their mouths. One of the mares that I ride hated every bit I used, until I realized that the width that was supposed to make things more comfortable actually bothered her. I switched to thinner french link and she started accepting her bit beautifully.

Another factor of snaffles is how many joints. No joints, one, two, or three are the usual numbers though you can find more. The cheekpiece is a factor as well. My soft mouthed mare prefers a double jointed half cheek snaffle made of stainless steel, but will go well in a mullen mouth as well. She hates thicker, single jointed, or O ring bits. Its really just a matter of trial and error.

If you experiment with your boy, I'd first recomment a D ring or full cheek, either mullen mouth or two/three jointed. You might also try rollers or keys on the bit to see if he likes having something to play with. Single jointed bits tend to have a nutcracker action, and I don't like to put young horses in them.
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This is the little S hackamore we use: Little “S” Hackamore with Adjustable Buckle

Like I said, though, my gelding works mainly off leg cues, so the hack or bit is there more for stopping power (he's green and likes to run through my hands when I ask him to stop, so the hackamore works to reinforce what I'm asking him to do with my seat).
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My gelding doesn't like a single jointed snaffle either. He does, however, love a French link (double jointed) snaffle. He also goes great in a little S hack, but he listens more to leg cues anyway.

What kind of bit are you in now? Loose ring, D ring, eggbutt? I've found my boy likes an eggbutt over a loose ring.
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im currently using a two peice snaffle I think.. So you think I should try the eggbutt?
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Has this colt been taught to accept and use a bit? If not, that's probably why he doesn't like it. No animal is going to LIKE taking a piece of metal that has no meaning to them into their mouths. What kind of snaffle do you have? There are so many kinds out there. Don't be discouraged just because he doesnt like this particular one.

There are so many kinds of material. Rubber, german silver, copper, nickle, stainless steel, sweet iron, leather... and many diameters as well. Thicker snaffles tend to be less harsh but not always. And some horses just can't stand having something large and wide on their mouths. One of the mares that I ride hated every bit I used, until I realized that the width that was supposed to make things more comfortable actually bothered her. I switched to thinner french link and she started accepting her bit beautifully.

Another factor of snaffles is how many joints. No joints, one, two, or three are the usual numbers though you can find more. The cheekpiece is a factor as well. My soft mouthed mare prefers a double jointed half cheek snaffle made of stainless steel, but will go well in a mullen mouth as well. She hates thicker, single jointed, or O ring bits. Its really just a matter of trial and error.

If you experiment with your boy, I'd first recomment a D ring or full cheek, either mullen mouth or two/three jointed. You might also try rollers or keys on the bit to see if he likes having something to play with. Single jointed bits tend to have a nutcracker action, and I don't like to put young horses in them.
he is a gilding and it either has one or two joints on it... Ok thanks for the tip I think the one I have at the moment is a thin French snaffle.. Thanks for your help :)
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Has this colt been taught to accept and use a bit? If not, that's probably why he doesn't like it. No animal is going to LIKE taking a piece of metal that has no meaning to them into their mouths. What kind of snaffle do you have? There are so many kinds out there. Don't be discouraged just because he doesnt like this particular one.

There are so many kinds of material. Rubber, german silver, copper, nickle, stainless steel, sweet iron, leather... and many diameters as well. Thicker snaffles tend to be less harsh but not always. And some horses just can't stand having something large and wide on their mouths. One of the mares that I ride hated every bit I used, until I realized that the width that was supposed to make things more comfortable actually bothered her. I switched to thinner french link and she started accepting her bit beautifully.

Another factor of snaffles is how many joints. No joints, one, two, or three are the usual numbers though you can find more. The cheekpiece is a factor as well. My soft mouthed mare prefers a double jointed half cheek snaffle made of stainless steel, but will go well in a mullen mouth as well. She hates thicker, single jointed, or O ring bits. Its really just a matter of trial and error.

If you experiment with your boy, I'd first recomment a D ring or full cheek, either mullen mouth or two/three jointed. You might also try rollers or keys on the bit to see if he likes having something to play with. Single jointed bits tend to have a nutcracker action, and I don't like to put young horses in them.
he is a gilding and it either has one or two joints on it... Ok thanks for the tip I think the one I have at the moment is a thin French snaffle.. Thanks for your help :) oh also he used to be a kids leadline horse and his old owner used to ride him a fair bit so he is used to having a bit in his mouth.
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