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EyeofaTiger 01-23-2012 10:01 PM

Western Bit types - how do they work?
 
I have done a quick search but can't find anything to explain what I need explained - What does each type of western bit do?

I recently bought a young reiner and I have continued using his previous bit, but need to buy my own for him. His bit at the moment has 7inch shanks and a port with a barrel.

I don't want a 'harsh' bit but I have no idea what to use or if I should get the same as what I use now (which works fine, but I don't know if it is a harsh type?).

I want to know what bits are softer or harsher
How do the different size shanks work? Shorter vs longer?
And the port, you can get them 'rectangle' with a barrel or you can get the curved etc... how do they work differently?

I will ask my trainer but won't see him for a few weeks so I wanted to get my research in

Thanks in advance!!

SorrelHorse 01-23-2012 10:09 PM

Fortunately we have an awesome member on here who made an excellent thread for this.

http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...pe-bits-69588/

I personally really adore the Billy Allen bits myself.

Billy Allen Bits

My reiner goes in the first bit on that page.

bubba13 01-23-2012 10:11 PM

http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...-thread-80457/

EyeofaTiger 01-24-2012 02:45 AM

That was very helpful!
And I didn't measure the shanks properly, they are closer to 5 inches i reckon.

Now I guess I need to decide if the same type is the way to go or if I should change it maybe to something slightly softer. He seems happy with the current bit though.

boots 01-24-2012 07:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EyeofaTiger (Post 1323243)
That was very helpful!
And I didn't measure the shanks properly, they are closer to 5 inches i reckon.

Now I guess I need to decide if the same type is the way to go or if I should change it maybe to something slightly softer. He seems happy with the current bit though.

If he seems happy with it and goes well, I don't see a reason to change.


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