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!!
Fortunately we have an awesome member on here who made an excellent thread for this.
I personally really adore the Billy Allen bits myself.
Billy Allen Bits
My reiner goes in the first bit on that page.
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.
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