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BackInTheSaddleAgain 06-05-2009 10:03 AM

Needing Bit Advice
Can anyone recommend a bit for starting a horse? There are so many out there its a 'bit' overwhelming. I picked up a rubber bit to get her used to having something in her mouth, but I've read they arent good for saliva production.
I've read about bitting snaffles with keys, but cant find one that doesn't have too much leverage.
I definitely want a mild bit. I have all the time in the world so I want to take it slow with her.
Another problem.... I need a size to fit a draft.
Thanks =)

Nutty Saddler 06-05-2009 10:29 AM

If you are going to ride english try a full cheek snaffle , it will help with steering as pressure is placed on the side of the face as well.

I have a full cheek sweet iron for my mare to help with salavation but not all horses accept this.

BackInTheSaddleAgain 06-05-2009 11:03 AM

Oh, sorry! I should have mentioned I ride Western =}

Nutty Saddler 06-05-2009 11:08 AM

Sorry I can't really help with the western world but I'm sure there are plenty of people who can.

BackInTheSaddleAgain 06-05-2009 11:09 AM

Thanks for replying =)

kitten_Val 06-05-2009 11:36 AM


Originally Posted by BackInTheSaddleAgain (Post 321524)
Oh, sorry! I should have mentioned I ride Western =}

I actually ride Western too, but still use snaffle for general riding, trail riding, etc.

Why can't you start with mild snaffle? And after your horse will be soft to cues upgrade to the western bit. I know plenty of people on this forum did it this way.

JustDressageIt 06-05-2009 02:36 PM

Even if you ride western, I recommend starting with a snaffle. Most horses prefer a double jointed bit, but it depends on the horse's mouth conformation.
A bit with some cheek to it (eggbutt, dee, full cheek) will add lateral pressure to the side of the horse's mouth to aid in steerability.

BackInTheSaddleAgain 06-05-2009 05:39 PM

Thanks for the suggestions =) That's what I'll probably do. I rose my OTTB Western, and used a jointed D-ring snaffle on him.

luvs2ride1979 06-05-2009 08:16 PM

I would go with a loose ring french link or bean mouth. It's a very mild bit that will lay comfortably across the tongue, no pinching. I have started three horses with this type of bit and it worked very nicely.

This one goes to 5.75"
Dressage Extensions Product Detail
Dressage Extensions Product Detail

I have this one, also goes to 5.75"
Dressage Extensions Product Detail

Expensive, but very good for saliva production, goes to 5.75"
Browsing Store - Herm Sprenger KK Conrad Training Bit - 16mm one that goes to 6"
Browsing Store - JP Oval Mouth Loose Ring Snaffle Bit

Goes to 6" and is only $18
Browsing Store - Korsteel Oval Mouth Loose Ring Snaffle Bit

Full cheeks can help in teaching a horse to turn.

Goes to 5.5"
Browsing Store - JP French Link Eggbutt Full Cheek Snaffle Bit
Browsing Store - Korsteel French Mouth Full Cheek Bit

BackInTheSaddleAgain 06-05-2009 08:47 PM

Thank you SO much! Very helpfull. I'll check them out.:D

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