Where Do You Get Your Bits?
I've owned a Percheron before, and I had a tom thumb bit for him. I liked it on him because it gave me the extra umph I sometimes needed. I've always preferred a bit that can have a little bit of bite if needed. (I'm a firm believer that the gentleness of a bit is found in a rider's hands, not the metal). The only thing I didn't like is that when a tom thumb begins to wear out it starts pinching the corners of the mouth.
So I sold my Perch years ago, and sold all the tack, but now I'm looking at buying another one... he's at the barn I currently board my TB at and if I must be honest I've already bought a halter for him. I work with this Perch on a daily bases, and I love his whole disposition. He's a bit older (around the 15 year mark) and I could probably get away with a loose ring bit, but I really don't like them. I'd rather something with a bit of a shank.
Does anybody know where I can find something similar to this in 6'
Does anybody know if there's a bit similar to this that would do the same thing without the danger of pinching?
And just cuz he's so **** pretty:
This is Ben, the big boy I'm HOPING to get.
Not sure if they have that exact bit, they have 100's of bits and many people like this company Bits
Chicks and Dover carry lots of different types of bits you can sort through.
It will depend on what size you are looking for. My percheron wears a 7" mouthpiece. I personally love Myler bits. I currently was riding my percheron in a d-ring copper roller single jointed snaffle....only because when I adopted her, it was the only bit I could find in that size that was decent and wasn't a driving bit.
I have been on the search for a new one. I wanted a double jointed type snaffle. I have found a Kimberwick that I just got yesterday. It has the half moon losenge in the middle, which I really liked before on a snaffle. Although it is not a snaffle, I think she will react nicely since she was driven in the past and is used to the other pressure this bit will create. So, I will be trying it out today to see how she reacts. I will ground drive her in it and then ride her in the arena.
So, if your horse needs a 7" bit, you will probably need to special order it. Every so often a bit will pop up that size on the internet etc. No riding bits in catalogues are that size. Bits on draft sites usually are geared towards driving. I am also very picky with not using cheap metals. If this Kimberwick does not work for my perch, I will special order from Myler.
This place can custom make you what you want:
I haven't ordered directly from them myself, but a local tack shop carries some of their bits and I really like their quality. :-)
^^^ I just got this one at drafttack.com
^^^ OHL, its a 6.5" but they make up to 7" on it.
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