Ok, so this is probably the kind of post i would read and think, well if it ain't broke, don't fix it. But anyway :-P
I have had misty for 4 years and 9 months, always in a small ringed eggbutt snaffle like this:
And she goes absolutely fine in it, but there are so many other bits out there, she could go even better in one of them.
I am quite interested in a sweet iron bit if anyone has any feedback on them? Or maybe a non-metal bit? Because I have no control issues, i decided to drop my reins and managed a serpentine in trot and a figure 8 in canter and halt with no reins, and its the first time i have ever tried that.
So I'm not entirely sure what i'm asking, maybe will it make any difference if I change her bit? And more what are the different actions/purposes for different mouthpieces like joints and materials?
Thanks for any help :-)
Sorry no help from here ^^ I have pretty much the same bit, only thicker. But I'm interested in the answers to your question :3.
Sweet iron gives the taste. As well as copper inlay. I use "german silver" (with copper inlay) on my horses and they liked it over the stainless steel (like the one you have). I'd REALLY wanna try sweet iron myself, but so far couldn't find the bit I like (and the size I need). If you have some money to spend give it a try. She may like it.
You are right in that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Unless there is some event you are trying to participate in that needs very fine tuning, leave it alone. Many horses develop quirks or habits because their riders have a need to tinker with their tack. The only time you should be looking for a change is if what you have isn't working for the job and you know for sure it isn't you, your tack, or a physical problem with your horse.
Concerning sweet iron, I'm a big believer in that material for the mouth piece of a bit. I yet to have a bit related problem using it in any of the bits I use. I love the way it causes my horses to have moist mouths.
Thanks :-P I think I will see if I can get the same bit in sweet iron or I couldn't decide on happy mouth material since she chomps on the bit when her bridle has just been put on to stop her teeth wearing so much :?
So she chomps on the bit when you put the bridle on? How long does it last? Does she do it when there is or is not rein contact?
I have no experience with either of those, but I absolutely love this Imus Comfort Gait Bit on my gaited Western paso fino
^ I googled that and I think I would be going backwards with that bit in her mouth :lol:
Not very long, when there is no contact :-P Its usually when I'm doing up her girth she chomps, just being mardy :lol: I have been doing her saddle first then bridle to save her teeth a bit, I can't think if she does it when its just the bridle, I will test it this evening :-)
I always saddle first then bridle. Boomer plays with the bit when I first put it in his mouth. He'll stretch his neck, open his mouth, and chew on the bit before settling down. Sometimes he'll play with the bit as we go along on a trail ride. I always ride on a very loose rein in a sweet iron snaffle so it's not from contact. It's just him and the way he is.
I just switched Honey to a sweet iron French link and she seems soooo much happier with it than the others I've tried (I've only had her 2 1/2 months and am a new horse owner, so I'm not exactly all that experienced at picking bits.). She did wonderfully Friday when I first used it - that was the first time I've been able to ride her solo because up until now she's only done well when there are other horses to follow. When I've tried to take her on the trail alone, she usually keeps trying to turn around and go back to the pasture with the other horses. Maybe it wasn't the bit since it seems to be a buddy sour thing, but that was the only thing I did differently. She was much more responsive with it too - I didn't feel like she was fighting me like she did with the last bit I tried. It was a "pinchless" bit that had a thick rubber cushioning on it. It looked gentler to me, but I think the rubber stuff just made it too big and bulky. She really seemed to hate it. She did pretty well with a bit that had copper rollers that I borrowed from a friend, not as well as the sweet iron, but definitely better than the rubber coated one.
Oh, and she did mess with it and chomp on it a little when I first put it in, like she was kinda figuring it out, but after that she left it alone.
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