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  • Thick loose ring opposed to thin loose ring snaffle?
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    11-03-2010, 02:59 PM
What is your favorite snaffle and why? What do you use on green horses?

Just thought I would start some conversation! I am stuck at home house cleaning today, lol.

What is your favorite snaffle? What type of snaffle do you prefer on green horses?

I really like thick loose ring snaffles. For a fidgety horse I love the D rings, with all the rollers. Seems to settle the horse, with something to play with.
I also LOVE full cheek snaffles, as the bar pushes on the coners of the lips/face, kind of like a side pull, or halter.
I just put a bit on my colt for the first time, It was a loose ring snaffle with a sweet iron mouth. He hates it... but I will let him get use to is, and try a few others.
What are the pros, and cons of Egg Butts, D rings, loose rings, ect?

I aso really like to start my horses in a loping hackamore, and side pull. I even ride many of my horses in a halter, sidepull or bosal. I usually use somethign mild like that when I put the kids on. Then I don't have to worry about kids jerking on the mouth.
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    11-03-2010, 04:05 PM
I personally prefer a simple loose ring snaffle. It gives me more feel than a fixed ring. I can't really explain it any other way than that, it's just a different feel. LOL. I don't like them to be too thick because if it is too thick, it can make it uncomfortable for the horse to even carry it. At least if it is thin, then the mildness of it depends solely on my hands and I still have the option of a quick bite in case I need it.
    11-03-2010, 05:19 PM
I also use a loose ring snaffle. The most important thing to use on a young horse is good horsemanship. You could start a horse in a high port curb with 5 inch shanks if you used good horsemanship and took the time needed. Of course if you had the experience to do that then you would know there are better ways.
    11-03-2010, 06:36 PM
I am a big fan of a loose ring french link snaffle. The extra link eliminates the 'nut cracker' action of a single jointed snaffle, particularly on a horse with a low palette. I've heard a few people commenting on this forum, that the french links cause a horse to lean/brace/become heavy in the hand. Well I have used this bit on everything from ponies, to ottb's, to wb's and never had a problem with a horse leaning on it. Some horses I've ridden for clients in a french link will lean, but only because of bad riding of it's main rider, it doesn't take long to get them carrying themselves.
It's a case of bad training/riding, not bad bit!
    11-03-2010, 07:24 PM
My mare goes really well in an ENGLISH "tom thumb" snaffle, single jointed and of medium thickness.
I am talking about the tom thumb bit that is actually a snaffle with no poll action at all, just to clear stuff up :)

I used to ride my old boy in a vulcinite mullen mouth loosering cause he was super soft and anything else was too hard.
    11-03-2010, 07:50 PM
We've always used plain old d-ring single jointed eggbutt snaffles on all our mares from our seasoned lead mare to the young ones. They're all light in the mouth and don't fuss with the bit (perhaps they're all just easy).
    11-03-2010, 10:59 PM
I love regular old Ring Snaffles...like smrobs pointed out, it's just got the best "feel", with the least amount of pressure...

Mouthpeice depends on the horse I am working with but 'most' I've trained have had no problems with a single joint...if they do, I will try a three peice, or solid mullen type piece, but I give the horse several weeks on my normal peice just to make sure it's not just the horse figuring out the bit. Once or twice with a bit, is not normally very accurate amount of time to really decide, imo.
    11-03-2010, 11:05 PM
My greenbroke mare goes really well in a loose-ring french link snaffle. My 2 geldings in a regular loose ring snaffle. I like the french link because although there isn't a lot to play with there is a little piece. IMO it is better for focusing the horse then roller bits because they pay attention to me instead of the rollers in their mouth.

Appyfreak be careful when getting kids to ride in a hackamore. I have been told by some very reliable people {who have used hackamores a while} that if you pull to hard {like really realy hard} it can break a horses nose. I understand kids probly don't have that kind of strength but be careful.
    11-03-2010, 11:24 PM
This is my favorite for the greenies.
    11-04-2010, 12:29 AM
Green Broke
I personally like to use a D-ring snaffle with a good medium-weight mouthpiece (not heavy, but not thin either).

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