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JadenAndGagesMom 05-22-2012 04:00 PM

More bit advice
So my 10 year old broke paint mare is in a Tom Thumb and she hates it. After researching, I can see why. I was given some advice by the wonderful people here on trying a myler d-ring comfort snaffle, and I was going to get that, but then I was reading more about the Myler bits and its a level one which is for horses just beginning training.

She is very broke and I'm the one thats new. Should I get something with a little less tongue pressure for her? I need some recommendations because this is very complicated shopping!

The issues she is having with the current (horrible) tom thumb are head tossing and head shaking and pulling her head away from me even when I'm not on her. She seems confused on which way she's supposed to turn while riding though the trainer says I'm cueing her correctly.

I've had her less than a month and we are still learning about each other and I think she may be getting a little buddy sour. But I've got to get her out of this tom thumb even if that isnt the source of the problem. Shes not very big horse, the bit shes in now is 5 inches. I was told she is soft in the mouth. Please help!

PaintHorseMares 05-22-2012 04:04 PM

I would go with a nice, simple d-ring eggbutt snaffle. We use them on all our mares from green broke to finished.
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JadenAndGagesMom 05-22-2012 04:09 PM

Thank you! Do I need to get the rolly bar thing in the middle?
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crimsonsky 05-22-2012 04:11 PM

just because it is a level 1 myler bit does not necessarily mean that it won't work for you and your horse. i've used such bits on horses that would be otherwise considered "level 3" on the myler scale. think of dressage horses - they're never going to be in one of those ported bits that are labeled as level three.

find what works for you and your horse and don't worry about the rest. ;)

PaintHorseMares 05-22-2012 04:23 PM


Originally Posted by JadenAndGagesMom (Post 1511741)
Thank you! Do I need to get the rolly bar thing in the middle?
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We don't, but not for any real reason. We use snaffles like this.
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JadenAndGagesMom 05-22-2012 04:27 PM

I think I'm gonna get that one! Much less expensive than what I was looking at. For the price I wanted to make sure it was the right thing and I'm still unsure so I will go with this one!
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PaintHorseMares 05-22-2012 04:36 PM

^^^ Do you ride on a loose rein or with contact?
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JadenAndGagesMom 05-22-2012 04:44 PM

Loose rein, neck reining unless she's acting up then I have to plough rein in circles :/
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PaintHorseMares 05-22-2012 04:53 PM

^^^^ Then a simple snaffle may help and is worth a try. Many very broke horses that are very soft are so used to being ridden with leg/seat cues that they really hate getting in their mouth at all. Certainly sounds like getting away from a tom thumb is a good idea.
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katbalu 05-22-2012 07:03 PM

I got a French link curved bar eggbutt, and my critter loves it
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