Going to give Snaffle a try, which one for Western?
Okkkkkkkkkkkkk, I have a new horse. Not sure what she is comfortable with yet. I have her in a low port curb but would like to try a snaffle. I ride western, is there any difference in snaffle bits???
Oh and she sticks her tongue out often when riding. Her last owner said she does that because she does not like the bit but they used a snaffle and she did it, so go figure. I guess they were told that by the first owner.
Lots of difference in snaffles. And it is hard to know what works best with the horse, so I recommend borrowing a few and trying them. Two of my three horses don't care what kind of bit is in their mouth. One dislikes french link snaffles, although I think that may be because of how she releases a bit at the end of the ride...
This works as well as any I've tried for my horses, although I have yet another bit on order for my mare:
Difference between Western and English? Some minor aesthetic differences, but it won't matter if you use a "Western" or "English" snaffle.
The common types of rings you'll see are loose (O) rings, eggbutts, full cheeks, and Dee rings. I would recommend an eggbutt or full cheek to try first. As far as mouthpieces go, experiment with both french link and single-jointed mouthpieces to see what she likes best. If she's accustomed to a ported bit with lots of tongue relief, look for a snaffle with curved mouthpieces that will offer more tongue relief.
Saw a full cheek one offered for sale, maybe I will try that. I also need it in a 6.5" mouth, good luck to me, lol!!!
And thank you both for your advice.
Any snaffle is fine for western, I prefer eggbutts and loose rings snaffles.
We use simple eggbutt snaffles with all our mares, from the youngest to our lead penner.
If you know someone with a big collection of bits, this is a good time to see if you can borrow a few :-) A horse sticking it's tongue CAN mean it's uncomfortable with the bit (not sized properly could be a big one if the horse is 6.5"... that's a really big mouth!) Could also be the horse prefers mullen mouth, single joint, or double joint. The bit could also be too thick or too thin. And then there are some horses that hang their tongue out for no apparent reason, no matter what bit you use.
6.5inches! wow. you may have to go to a draft horse supply. many makers go up to 6, but few go as high as 6.5.
this maker has some bits in your size. Scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Draft Horse Bits
If you are showing western you better not show up with a full cheek snaffle. Your best bet is an o ring. I personally prefer loose rings over all others.
I like them to have copper inlay, or be a Myler comfort snaffle.
Thinking about buying this one. Seems it would give some tongue relief. What do you think?
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