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post #1 of 15 Old 07-28-2012, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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Using a bit that is too big

Is it ok to use a bit that is a little big? My horse usually rides in a 5in bit even though I think he would be ok in a 5 1/4in. I have been looking at a bit that is a 5 1/2inches long. Is that ok to put in his mouth?
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-28-2012, 11:19 PM
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That would be too loose IMOP, but depending on what kind of bit it is would be relevant too I think.

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What bits make the difference when it comes to that?
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This is the bit, if that helps (myler combo)

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post #5 of 15 Old 07-28-2012, 11:36 PM
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If the big is too big, it's not going to sit properly in the horse's mouth. It's going to slide around and be generally obnoxious for the horse. There's no shortage of used bits out there - do your horse a favor and stick to the right size. The only kind of bit where it might not really matter would be a solid bar bit like a mullen mouth, because it doesn't have joints or a port that will be annoying to have out of place.
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I guess the question should be - does your horse really need a 5 1/4? If your horse really needs a 5 1/4 and you are squeezing him in a 5 inch - then yes, he would probably be better off with a bit bigger 5 1/2 than the too-tight 5 inch. But if your horse fits pretty well in a 5 inch and you just wanted to see if it fit a bit better in something like a 5 1/4 - then an actual 5 1/2 may be too loose.

One other thing you might want to look into are bit guards. I get my bits a 1/4 inch larger if I'm going to use guards. So if you want 5 1/4 and can only find 5 1/2 bit in the style you want - maybe big guards will be a good compromise to take up that extra 1/4 inch.

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Thank you for the replys. I also thought if bit guards. I was thinking of using something to stick in his mouth that was 5 1/2 inches to see if it fit. Thats because I dont own a bit in those two sizes. I wish I would have taken pictures of him with the bit in his mouth tonight. Maybe I can tomorrow!
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Well if your horse's mouth is 5" but you have a loose ring snaffle in a 5" it may be too snug that the bit would pinch their lips so you'd need bit guards.. so you'd have to go up a bit size to a 51/4 or even a 5 1/2 depending.

Now for your bit, if her mouth is 5" then there generally needs to be 1/4 inch on either side. So if her mouth is a 5" so she'd fit 5 1/2 bit. But if her mouth is 4 3/4 then she'd fit into a 5 1/4.

I am not an expert so I could be wrong, but that's how it has been explained to me.

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To me it looks like he could use a little room on each side of his mouth. I will try to take pictures today of him with the bit in his mouth. Hopefully it will help you guys to answer me :)
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Ok I found this picture on my phone and tried to zoom up on it. Hopefully to give you an idea. (I will still try to take pictures today though) This is a 5 inch mouth piece. The only reason I even started this thread was because I found a really good deal on the bit I want to buy but its in a 5 1/2. If he doesnt fit into and its to big it I wont buy it haha

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