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AussieDaisyGirl 07-03-2009 06:09 PM

Kindest bit for a pony??
I need a new bit for the pony and I'm looking for the kindest bit besides a hackamore or sidepull obviously. I'm teaching my son how to ride and I don't want her to suffer under his hands lol.

Scoutrider 07-03-2009 06:24 PM

Depending on what is necessary to keep the pony easily controllable, I would look for a snaffle of some kind, with a wide, possibly rubber or plastic, mouthpiece. Either unjointed or with a french link would eliminate or minimize any "nutcracker" action. I think something along those lines would be most forgiving on the pony. I've also seen hunter ponies go really well in kimberwickes, but these are a little harsher in inexperienced hands.

Sunny06 07-03-2009 06:30 PM

I'm pretty sure Rubber Mullen mouth snaffles are great for that..

Kis Vihar 07-03-2009 06:33 PM

I agree with scoutrider here, a 'happy mouth' or 'plastic' snaffle with either no joint or a double joint would be a good choice.

I disagree with the Kimblewick (is this what you call a kimberwicke in the USA? Not seen it spelled like that before:?) being used in the hands of a beginner child.

AussieDaisyGirl 07-03-2009 06:51 PM

Well... what about one of those Korsteel flexi flavoured bits? It's rubber and this one has no joint in the middle. I have a Korsteel flavoured bit for my DW mare.

This is the bit I'm thinking of, let me know what you think...

Scoutrider 07-03-2009 06:55 PM

Yep, that bit should do just fine. :-)

Good luck!

Jessabel 07-03-2009 11:16 PM

Rubber mouth snaffles and French link snaffles are pretty mild. Or a hollow mouth. I love copper mouth bits, too.

AussieDaisyGirl 07-03-2009 11:43 PM

Awesome. This should be fun! Ha.

Ahsisi 07-04-2009 09:11 PM

How fun! I would use a rubber snaffle or a happy mouth the others said....soft and flexible with no joint. Good luck! Keep us posted on how he does!

Qtswede 07-05-2009 10:55 AM

My son's shetland goes great in a big fat hollow snaffle. Or, with the reins clipped to his halter lol

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