What kind of bit to start an older horse in?

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    04-09-2012, 05:03 PM
What kind of bit to start an older horse in?

I have decided to put my 12 year old gelding in a bit (he's ridden bitless his whole life but is starting to ignore it). What's the best kind of bit to start him with and how do I introduce it to him?
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    04-09-2012, 05:08 PM
I would start him in the mildest bit you can find. Generally speaking, the mildest bit is a french link snaffle. I ride my coming three-year-old in an eggbutt french link snaffle and he's great in it.
    04-09-2012, 06:09 PM
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When I went to a bit for my senior Paso Fino I bought a french link snaffle & she accepted it & does wonderfully (previously bitless).
    04-09-2012, 06:13 PM
I wouldn't start an older horse in any different type of bit then I'd start a young horse. I typically use a O-Ring snaffle or a Full Cheek snaffle. I do like the french links but don't own one.
    04-09-2012, 06:18 PM
As others have said, go as mild as possible. I generally start them in a 3 pc Myler loose ring snaffle, most do really well with it. The exception has been a mare that had scars on her tongue from previous bit damage and was extremely sensitive, I started her in a rubber mouth snaffle.

Here's a pic of the Myler loose ring
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