Bit for horse with very small palate?
Casey I have discovered has a very low palate. And, none of the bits I have used have actually fitted apparently, and I feel awful about it. The joint and/or the sides of the bit near the cheek piece were to wide and thick and pressed up on her mouth. I tried my herm sprenger loose ring snaffle, kimberwicke, copper egg-butt, and full cheek snaffle, which is all of my bits I could find. They all have one joint. I am going to try and dig out my kimberwicke high port, but I doubt that will fit.. So bitless until I can find a bit that fits! Any recommendations? She is a 4 3/4 bit size, but I suppose if the bit only came in 5 inch I could put my bit guards on it..
Before I get any comments on how much of an idiot I am.. I know what I did wrong and I can't go back to day one and fix it... Thanks
Oh yeah, I only use a bit 1-2 times a week when I do dressage or if Casey is being.. Casey. I would like some sort of snaffle, and I don't really want to use the thinnest bit out there.. Lol.. What about a french link snaffle anyone tried that for the low palated horses?
Hmm.. Googled it, this one seemed to be recommended a lot-
I have always wanted to try Casey in a bit with a roller.
I don't have experience fitting a horse with a low palate, but I just wanted to say that the Myler bits are very nice quality. I am a big fan. :D
I have a horse with a low palate and he does well in most low ports, arched mullen mouths, and bits similar to that snaffle you posted with a roller in the middle and both sides move independently. His current curb is like that with just a bit of a port to it for tongue relief and he is doing very well with it.
Ok, thanks guys. I just ordered the myler bit I posted. Hope it goes well with the rollers, I don't think Casey has ever had them on her.
I think that bit will work well for a horse with a low palate. The diameter seems to be relatively small without bordering on harsh and it's got the barrel mouth so no nutcracker action.
Nice bit, I hope it works for you.
As I was reading the thread, my first thought was a mullen type mouth.
The roller on the Myler's isn't like a typical roller. It's more firm. It's not for the horse to play with but rather to cover the joint in the snaffle. Some of them do have rollers, but they look like this:
I don't think you have to worry about her playing with the roller because it isn't as loose as a typical roller. :-)
If you end up getting that one and it doesn't work, I'd recommend a french link bit with a lozenge instead of a normal flat link. The cheekpieces depend on what your horsie likes. :) I had the same issue as you did with my gelding. Tried him in a couple single-joints (D-ring, eggbutt) and he was definitely not happy. Tried a regular french link loose ring, and he liked it a lot better, but it still wasn't perfect. Found a eggbutt snaffle with a lozenge joint instead of a regular one, and he has never been better! He really seems to love the nice round shape of it, and he prefers the fixed cheekpieces too.
Mine looks exactly like this one, except mine doesn't have the copper middle piece:
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