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Need Bit Info
Hi everyone, I was hoping someone could give me a list of bits that starts at a kimberwicke and increases to a twisted wire. My horse is very hard mouthed, and a kimberwicke isnt really cutting it, and I absolutely do not want to use a twisted wire, but I cant think of anything inbetween, so if you could tell me what to try, that would be great!!
I think this is a question of re-training, not bitting.
Go back to a snaffle. Don't bit up. Nononono.
Snaffles with copper and sweet iron also cause the horse to salivate and help with softening the mouth.
I honestly hate the Kimberwicke.. it's a very unclear bit. You're constantly riding on a curb rein with the curb chain engaged; there's no relief from that chain.
Can you describe exactly what your horse is doing?
If you have a kimberwick uxeter, you can use the top hole and it really doesn't ever activate the curb chain. But if you use double reins it does. Some horses are very hard mouthed and can't be worked back down to a snaffle. Always ask your trainer/helper their opinion on it. If this is the case with your horse, there are a bunch of different options. You can use a lower port, a broken mouthpiece in the middle, a solid mouthpiece, a medium port. It all depends on what your horse is used to. I've heard some people say that you should switch to a stronger mouthpiece for a few days to get the horse to respect the bit. I've never done that before and have no experience with it whatsoever. But please, always ask someone whose more experienced than you. Some horses just don't go good in kimberwicks because of the chain action. I don't like kimberwicks, I like kimberwick uxeters.
And he doesnt seem to mind if its a broken mouthpiece or anything like that, he gets ridding in both types on a daily basis also, his dr. bristol bit is copper.
Personally I would never take a horse in training out of a snaffle unless they were ready.
BUT, if you choose to go with the "stronger for a few days" approach, I would suggest finding a twisted snaffle.
I dont ride him in anything smoother than a slow twist, He is 14 years old, just hard mouthed. Hes very good he just is verryy strong in the field and when he is with a group of strange horses.
I would also suggest getting a Billy Allen shank. I know it's a western bit but it's kind. My older gelding goes in that. He is the same way, I COULD ride him out with others in a smooth snaffle but he's been yanked on and bitted up so many times by his previous owners that it's just not worth it anymore for the work he does.
That would be my plan, anyway.
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