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PerchiesKisses 11-28-2011 05:41 PM

Opinions on Bit Designs
So I'm hoping to purchase a new bit for my TB to show in, and I know the style I want, but am having trouble deciding on a pattern.

These are the ones I like:,Q~~60_3.JPG!7w~~60_3.JPG

These ones I like the shanks but not the mouthpiece itself:

This is my favourite - but I despise the ported mouth XD:$(KGrHqIOKpE...rGJrg~~_12.JPG

Any opinions on the designs of the shanks themselves? Is there a design you've seen that you like better?

just fishing for ideas right now more than anything.

Allison C 11-28-2011 06:37 PM

I prefer the dots

bubba13 11-28-2011 09:23 PM

Are you having a bit custom made? Where from?

PerchiesKisses 11-29-2011 11:12 AM

I would like to find someone who does custom, but right now I'm more scouring ebay.

I'm trying to find something that will last, but that also will be functional and - my own vanity here - pretty.

bubba13 11-29-2011 11:55 AM

Start with finding the mouthpiece you need, then worry about shank design. For a show bit, I like the third one the best. The guns, while "cool," are tacky for the show ring.

PerchiesKisses 11-29-2011 03:48 PM

This is what I ride in now:

I want something similar to this... but flashier. And the reason I was liking the pistols is because my headstall has pistol conchos on it... but I'm not even sure I'll use my current headstall for show next year - might just buy a whole new set :D

My musts are it must be a snaffle. And - because I'm paranoid about it pinching his mouth at the joints - it must have no hinges attaching to the shanks.

As it is, I'm leaning towards the S-style shank and the hearts.

bubba13 11-29-2011 03:49 PM

You realize the bit you posted is not a snaffle, correct? None of them are. I think you just mean you want a single-jointed bit. What discipline will you be showing in?

bubba13 11-29-2011 03:54 PM

I have this bit and really like it for well-broke geldings:

The three-piece dogbone mouth is generally better than the two-piece mouth. The one I posted is an off-brand for $40; here's the one I have: Weaver Leather, LLCThree-Piece Snaffle Bit with 5" Sweet Iron Mouth with Copper Roller and Inlay&

myhorsehasmentalissues 11-29-2011 04:30 PM

i wish us english riders had bits like that! they are so cool looking!

PerchiesKisses 11-29-2011 05:31 PM

:oops:Yeah, single jointed... that's what I meant. I stink at technical terms for bits:oops:

We just do local fun shows. The classes we've done in the past are command - which is basically like simon says - and we've done barrels for the fun of it... didn't even get out of the canter and trotted the barrels:-P.

I hope to be able to compete in Trail next year as well as Western Pleasure, but like I said, it's mostly just for fun.

I've been wondering about the dogbone bits, but I don't know if he'd go well in it... Even when we were using the D-ring for training I never used anything accept the single jointed bits. Be something to try out I think.

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