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:
These ones I like the shanks but not the mouthpiece itself:
This is my favourite - but I despise the ported mouth XD:
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.
I prefer the dots
Are you having a bit custom made? Where from?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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&
i wish us english riders had bits like that! they are so cool looking!
: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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