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AztecBaby 10-21-2009 06:07 PM

Gentle bit for a two year old?
A couple of days ago I bought a rising two cremello filly. I would like to find her a VERY gentle and kind bit as her first bit and I would like some suggestions :)

I was thinking of one of those rubber flavour bits. Does any have any experience with these?

I will just be useing it to mouth her by the way, she isn't broken in yet.

kevinshorses 10-21-2009 06:09 PM

I would just use a loose ring snaffle.

JustDressageIt 10-21-2009 06:19 PM
I really like starting a horse with a full cheek french link or full cheek mullen mouth. The full cheeks add lateral pressure to the cheeks to make steering "clearer" and they cannot be pulled through the mouth.

shesinthebarn 10-21-2009 06:19 PM

Ditto Kevin. I like one with copper inlay or sweetiron. I'm not a fan of those rubber ones.

AztecBaby 10-22-2009 06:58 AM

Ok, I bought her a single jointed eggbutt snaffle :)

Thanks everyone :D

RiosDad 10-22-2009 08:33 AM


Originally Posted by shesinthebarn (Post 435424)
Ditto Kevin. I like one with copper inlay or sweetiron. I'm not a fan of those rubber ones.

I am not a fan of those rubber bits either and feel they contribute to a heavy headed horse. That and bitless.

My training bit is a copper roller D ring snaffle with a jointed mouth piece.

Plains Drifter 10-23-2009 12:00 AM

What is the average size a two yr old would use for a snaffle?

RiddlesDarkAngel5 10-23-2009 12:07 AM

i really like french link snaffles. they're very gentle and they break up pressure on their mouth so its easier for them to get used to hand pressure.

APHA MOMMA 10-23-2009 12:27 AM

Both my 2 yr olds use 5" and they both use the loose ring snaffles. Works wonders on them. :D Glad you found one that you like though.

Jessa 10-23-2009 05:13 AM

I woulda said the french link, or double jointed D ring (or Fullcheek) snaffle.

I'm told the 'apple' flavoured etc.. bits disintergrate quickly. Single joints I do not like as they can hit the roof of the mouth and pinch (again, not all, but rather be safe than sorry).

Sweet iron is ok, copper just doesn't taste very good (IMO).

Personal choice.

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